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Find common denominators and calculate each of the following sums.

  1. What is the Least Common Multiple of 8 and 4? Of 5 and 3?

  2. Explain how finding the Least Common Multiple of two numbers can help you to add fractions.

Remember, the denominator is the bottom number of a fraction. Here the denominators are 8 and 4.
Can you change the fractions so that both denominators are 8?

Here, you might like to find the Least Common Multiple of 5 and 3. This number should eventually be your common denominator. Refer to the Math Notes box below.

Least Common Multiples are often also common denominators. Refer to parts (a),(b), and the Math Notes box can you answer this question?

Look back at parts (a), (b), and (c). How have Least Common Multiples come in handy? Noticing this pattern can help you to explain your answer here.