In this article we will learn how to add fractions with whole numbers. But before that, lets define them. A whole number or an integer is a number that is 0 or greater as in it has no fractional component, while a fraction is a number that represents a part of a whole.
How to add Fractions with Whole Numbers.
To add fractions with integer, you can separate the integer and fraction parts. Add the integers together as you normally would, and then find a common denominator to add the fractions.
Lets look at a two terms scenario; a fraction and a whole number.
In this case its simple, all we do is put them down with no plus sign between the two terms and thats our solution.
Now lets look at a more than two terms scenario. We add the whole numbers as usual and use L.C.M. to help us in finding the sum of the fractions.
Ross picks two bags of tangerine to buy at the market. He places each bag on the scale and the first bag weighs 41/2 lbs and the second bag weighs 2 lbs. How many pounds of tangerines does Ross buy?
= 41/2 + 2
We begin by adding the integers.
= 4 + 2
Then we put the fraction at the end.
Therefore, Ross bought 61/2 pounds of tangerines.