Adding fractions word problems

Adding fractions word problems arise in many situations. I will not show you how to add fractions here. Adding fractions will show you how to add fractions and it has a fraction calculator to help you practice.

Example #1:
John walked 1/2 of a mile yesterday and 3/4 of a mile today. How many miles has John walked?

Solution

This word problem requires addition of fractions

Choosing a common denominator of 4, we get

1/2 + 3/4 = 2/4 + 3/4 = 5/4

So, John walked a total of 5/4 miles

Example #2:
Mary is preparing a final exam. She study 3/2 hours on Friday, 6/4 hours on Saturday, and 2/3 hours on Sunday. How many hours she studied over the weekend

Solution

This word problem requires addition of fractions

Choosing a common denominator of 12, we get:

3/2 + 5/4 + 2/3 = 18/12 + 15/12 + 8/12 = 41/12 = 3.42 hours

So, Mary studied a total of 3.42 hours

Example #3:
A recipe requires 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper. How much pepper does this recipe need?

Solution

Choosing 4 as a common denominator, we get:

1/4 + 3/4 + 1/2 = 1/4 + 3/4 + 2/4 = 5/4 = 1.25

So, the recipe needs 1.25 or 1 teaspoon and one-fourth of a teaspoon pepper.

Have A Great Basic Math Word Problem?

Share it here with a very detailed solution!

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]

 

Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Capacity of a tank 
A tank is two thirds full. After drawing off 100 litres of water , it is just one quarter full. what is the capacity of the tank Solution Let x …

A Recipe and Fractions 
you are at a grocery store to buy ingredients for your cupcakes. The recipe requires 4 2/8 a cup of rising flour to make 28 cupcakes. You want to make …

Inheritance math problem Not rated yet
An inheritance of $1,400,000 is to be divided among Scott, Alice, and Tricia in the following manner Alice is to recieve 6/7 of what Scott recieves, while …

Judy's weight  Not rated yet
Judy was trying to lose weight. she weighed 180 pounds. So she ran for 4/2 hours on sunday and lost 4/2 pounds. She was so happy with the results she …

Click here to write your own.

Recent Articles

  1. Find the Number of Combinations

    Jul 30, 21 06:15 AM

    Learn quickly how to find the number of combinations with this easy to follow lesson.

    Read More

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.