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Adding Mixed Numbers

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Method 1. Adding Mixed Numbers

Keywords: Adding mixed numbers  | Adding mixed fractions| Adding |  | Numbers| | Adding mixed numbers with unlike denominators |
Learn to add mixed numbers.

A mixed number is a combination of a whole number and a fraction.
Technically a mixed number consists of an integer and a proper fraction.

There are at least two different methods for adding mixed numbers.

The first method consists of adding the fractions and then adding the integers.

Always add the fractions first, and if the denominators are unlike remember to,
  • Find the Least Common Denominator (LCD)
  • Find the equivalent fractions.

If you end up with an improper fraction you will add the integer to the other integers.
If this is confusing quickly watch the video which works several examples.


‚ÄčAnother method for adding mixed numbers is to convert the mixed number to an improper fraction.

After converting the number to an improper fraction you add the two improper fractions.

For example;

2 1/ 3 + 1 2/3 = 7/3 + 5/3 = 12/3 = 4