# SOLUTION: Pictorally with explanations, illustrate the necessity of using common denominators when adding fractions with different denominators. (I am in school for being a teacher and this

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Miscellaneous Word Problems Question 184153: Pictorally with explanations, illustrate the necessity of using common denominators when adding fractions with different denominators. (I am in school for being a teacher and this concept seems hard to teach) Answer by stanbon(57219)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Pictorally with explanations, illustrate the necessity of using common denominators when adding fractions with different denominators ----------------------------------------------------------------- Let say you want to add 1/2 and 1/3. ------------ Draw two pies. Split the 1st pie into two parts. Split the 2nd pie into three parts. --------------------------- How would you add 1 part of the two to 1 part of the three? ---------------------------- Hmmmmmm??? ---------------------------- Color 1 of the 2 parts; Color 1 part of the three --------------------------------------------------- Split each part of the 1st pie into three parts; you now have 6 parts. Split each part of the 2nd pie into two parts; you now have 6 parts ---------------------------------------------------- Now you can add the 3 colored parts of the 1st pie to 2 colored parts of the 2nd pie to be 5 parts out of 6. ------------------------------------------ (1/2) + (1/3) = (3/6) + (2/6) = 5/6 ============================================= Cheers, Stan H. -----------------------------