# R3 MULTIPLICATION OF WHOLE NUMBERS

```4.4 ADDING and SUBTRACTING LIKE FRACTIONS
and LEAST COMMON DENOMINATOR (LCD)
Lets say we have a pizza which has been cut into 8 equal
slices.
Porky ate 4 slices. What fraction of the pizza did he eat?
Tiny ate 2 slices. What fraction of the pizza did he eat?
All together, how many slices have been eaten? What
fraction of the pizza has been eaten?
4
8
=
1
2
2
8
=
1
4
If we make this into a fraction problem, we see we had
Or 1 + 1 = ___
2
4
What do you notice?
+
___ =
+
= _______
In order to ADD or SUBTRACT fractions, they must be
written out of the same number of “pieces”, that is the
DENOMINATOR must be the SAME. We then ADD the
NUMERATORS and keep the DENOMINATORS exactly the
SAME. After this, we must REDUCE if possible.
a) 1/6 + 2/6
b) -3/10 + 7/10
c)
d)
-4/15 – 1/15
-7/x3 - -4/ x3
NOTE: In each case, you only combine the NUMERATORS,
the DENOMINATORS stay exactly the same until AFTER
the operation of addition or subtraction has been done. THEN
you may REDUCE the final result (if possible).
Suppose the denominators are not “like”. What can we do?
Two fractions are EQUIVALENT if they reduce (simplify)
to the same fraction:
When we SIMPLIFY a fraction, we wish to write its
equivalent using the smallest numbers possible. For
example, 1/2 would be the simplified form of the fraction
2/4. Sometimes it is possible to simplify a fraction just by
performing the operation of division as suggested by the
division bar! 15/3 for example, should be written as just 5.
Ex: Simplify each of the following
-27
17
-9
3
17
1
=
=
=
0
6
=
-6
0
=
How would you simplify -3/27? How is this different from
–27/3 above?
Ex: Are 5/15 and 1/ 3 equivalent?
Ex: Are
3/5 and 12/20 equivalent?
To write equivalent fractions, we can simply either
MULTIPLY or DIVIDE by the SAME NUMBER in
BOTH the numerator AND denominator. Note that
equivalent fractions will always have the SAME SIGN!
a = ac
b bc
a = ac
b bc
or
Of course, b and c
cannot be ______.
What we are actually doing is multiplying or dividing by
ONE!! Since c/c = 1. (Ex: 5/5 = 1, -2/-2 = 1)
2
4
= 2
4
 1
= 2
4

2 = 2 2
2
4 2
= 4
8
Ex: Write an equivalent fraction to 7/9 with a
denominator of 63.
Ex: Write an equivalent fraction to -3/4 with a
denominator of 24.
To find a COMMON DENOMINATOR, we find the
SMALLEST NUMBER that all existing denominators will
DIVIDE INTO EVENLY. We call this denominator the
LEAST COMMON DENOMINATOR (LCD). Let’s find a systematic
approach to finding the LCD.
Case 1: We can see by inspection that there are NO
COMMON FACTORS in each denominator. We can then
simply multiply the denominators together to find the LCD.
Ex:
2
3
3
4
Case 2: The largest of the denominators is divisible by the
“smaller” denominators. That largest denominator will then
be the least COMMON denominator.
Ex:
1
3
5
6
Case 3: There are common factors in the denominators. We
can make sure that we do not repeat factors unnecessarily by
either “TRIAL AND ERROR”, or by using PRIME
FACTORIZATION.
Ex:
1
18
5
12
Ex: Find the Least Common Denominator for each of the
following:
a)
-1 3
;
5 10
b)
-2
3
;
15 10
c)
3 -3
;
8 10
d)
2 4
;
3 5
If adding, we then write EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS, and
continue with adding the numerators while keeping the
denominators the SAME.
Do p. 261~ # 36, 39, 44, 74, p 263 Singapore only.
To prepare for the next section, add each of the addends on the previous page, and write the sum in
reduced form.
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