Adding and Subtracting Fractions

When working with fractions adding and subtracting can be confusing. Get help adding and subtracting fractions here.

Solving addition problems with fractions

Now that we know how to write addition problems with fractions, let's practice solving a few. If you can add whole numbers, you're ready to add fractions.

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Try solving some of the addition problems below.

Solving subtraction problems with fractions

Subtracting fractions is a lot like regular subtraction. If you can subtract whole numbers, you can subtract fractions too!

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Try solving some of the subtraction problems below.

After you add or subtract fractions, you may sometimes have a fraction that can be reduced to a simpler fraction. As you learned in Comparing and Reducing Fractions, it's always best to reduce a fraction to its simplest form when you can. For example, 1/4 plus 1/4 equals 2/4. Because 2 and 4 can both be divided 2, we can reduce 2/4 to 1/2.

2/4 = 1/2