# How to Add Fractions (and Multiply and Divide Fractions)

18th January, 2021

When I teach how to add and subtract fractions, I start with explanations of equivalent fractions and how to simplify them.

Moving on from that, I look at multiplying and dividing fractions – which is easier than adding and subtracting!

Table of Contents

## Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying Fractions

### Equivalent Fractions

If you multiply or divide the numerator and denominator by the same number you have an equivalent fraction.

“*Whatever you do to the top, you do to the bottom*”

### Simplifying Fractions

If you can divide the top and bottom by the same number, you can simplify the fraction.

## How to Multiply Fractions

### Multiply Fractions

### Multiply Fractions – Multiply tops and bottoms

### Multiply Fractions – Simplify Fraction

## How to Divide Fractions

### Divide Fractions – change to a multiply question

To divide fractions, we change it to a multiply question, using “K.F.C.” – Keep, Flip, Change.

- Keep the first fraction
- Flip the numbers on the second fraction
- Change the question to a multiplication

### Divide Fractions – Multiply

### Divide Fractions – Simplify Fraction

## How to Add and Subtract Fractions

### How to Add and Subtract Fractions – when the denominators are the same

The denominators remain the same, simply add or subtract the numerators to find the sum of the fractions.

### How to Add and Subtract Fractions – when the denominators are different

## FREE Resources on How to Simplify Fractions, How to Add / Subtract Fractions, How to Multiply Fractions and How to Divide Fractions

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