## Step 1: Check the denominators are different

Confirm the denominators of the fractions are different

## Step 2: Find the least common denominator

Next you need to find the least common denominator (LCD)

## Step 3: Rewrite the fractions so they share the same denominator

Multiply the numerator with the factor needed to come up with the least common denominator.

## Step 4: Add the numerators

Since the denominator are now alike, add the numerators and write LCD as the denominator to find the sum.

## Step 5: Simplify fractions

Simplify the sum if needed.

## Examples on adding fractions with different denominators

**Q1) Find the sum of the following sets of fractions:**

Find the **least common denominator shared** by the sets of fractions.

Express the fractions so that they share **common denominators**.

Write the new fractions and find the sum by **adding the numerators**.

**Simplify the sum** when needed.