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Because you can't add or subtract fractions that have different denominators. Making them like fractions, by multiplying so the denominators are the same, you can add and/or subtract them.

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Before adding or subtracting two fractions they are converted into like fractions Explain with examples why this is necessary?

Before adding or subtracting two fractions they are converted into like fractions. Explain with examples why this is necessary.


Why do you convert unlike fractions?

Unlike fractions have denominators that are unequal, and therefore cannot be added or subtracted. If two fractions need to be added or subtracted they must first be converted to like fractions.


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What are 2 things that fractions and percentages have in common?

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What is the relationship between fractions and decimals?

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LCD of two or more fractions mean?

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