April 13th, 2016, 07:05 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2016 From: Phoenix, Arizona Posts: 20 Thanks: 0 Math Focus: Multiplication  I need help figuring out the answer to the addition of these mixed fractions
Ok, so the math problem is 7 1/2 + 5 1/3 + 3 1/4 = ? How do I get the answer? I would really appreciate some help. 
April 13th, 2016, 11:15 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 898 Thanks: 329 
Have you managed any steps? I would tackle this by finding a common denominator and convert all the whole numbers into fractions.

April 14th, 2016, 03:21 AM  #3 
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April 14th, 2016, 05:02 PM  #4 
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I would start by converting to top heavy fractions. $\displaystyle 7\frac{1}{2}=\frac{7}{1}+\frac{1}{2}=\frac{14}{2}+ \frac{1}{2}=\frac{15}{2}$ $\displaystyle 5\frac{1}{3}=\frac{5}{1}+\frac{1}{3}=\frac{15}{3}+ \frac{1}{3}=\frac{16}{3}$ Can you figure the last one using the method I have displayed? After this, look for a common denominator. A way to do this would be to look at the denominators that you have and then do prime factorisation and calculate the lowest common multiple, or do it by eye once you see what they have in common. You then can add the fractions. So, for example, to add the two fractions above, what multiple do 2 and 3 have in common? Their LCM would be 6, so I would then convert the fraction so they both have a denominator of 6 as shown below: $\displaystyle \frac{16*2}{3*2}=\frac{32}{6}$ $\displaystyle \frac{15*3}{2*3}=\frac{45}{6}$ Add the two together and what do you get? This is the long way of going around it and skipjack's method is quicker. Can you use the information above to to solve the actual question? Last edited by skipjack; April 15th, 2016 at 09:54 AM. 
April 15th, 2016, 04:44 AM  #5  
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,264 Thanks: 902  Quote:
(I don't believe I have ever seen "improper fractions" called "top heavy fractions" before, but I like it!)  
April 15th, 2016, 05:00 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2012 Posts: 201 Thanks: 1  I have always called them that; I really don’t know why. I just think the name is more fitting.
Last edited by skipjack; April 15th, 2016 at 09:55 AM. 
April 15th, 2016, 09:09 AM  #7 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2016 From: Paris, France Posts: 6 Thanks: 0 Math Focus: Arithmetics, Numeical Analysis, Probabilty and Statistics 
Taylor_1989_2012, you mixed the multiplication (no sign) and the addition. 7 1/2 = (7x1)/2=7/2 5 1/3 = (5x1)/3 = 5/3 Now you can make the first addition, by setting to the same denominator 6=3x2 7/2 + 5/3 = (3x7)/6 + (2x5)/6 = 21/6 + 10/6 = 31/6 The last multiplication is: 3 1/4 = (3x1)/4 = 3/4 So, you have to add 31/6 to 3/4: you set to the same denominator 12=2x6=3x4: 31/6 + 3/4 = (2x31)/12 + (3x3)/12 = 62/12 + 9/12 = 71/12 Thus the result is 71/12… 
April 15th, 2016, 09:35 AM  #8  
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,837 Thanks: 1479  Quote:
$7\frac{1}{2} = 7 + \frac{1}{2} = \frac{15}{2}$  
April 15th, 2016, 10:36 AM  #9 
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Have I misread the question?
Last edited by skipjack; April 16th, 2016 at 01:44 AM. 
April 15th, 2016, 10:38 AM  #10  
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,837 Thanks: 1479  Quote:
Last edited by skipjack; April 16th, 2016 at 01:44 AM.  

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