## Adding Mixed Numbers: 1 1/4 + 2 1/2

Adding mixed numbers can be a bit tricky, but with a few simple steps, it becomes easy! Here's how to add **1 1/4 + 2 1/2**:

### 1. Find a Common Denominator

The fractions in our problem have different denominators (4 and 2). To add them, we need to find a common denominator. The least common multiple of 4 and 2 is 4.

**1 1/4**stays the same.**2 1/2**becomes**2 2/4**(multiply the numerator and denominator of 1/2 by 2).

### 2. Add the Whole Numbers and the Fractions Separately

Now we have: **1 1/4 + 2 2/4**

**Add the whole numbers:**1 + 2 = 3**Add the fractions:**1/4 + 2/4 = 3/4

### 3. Combine the Results

We now have 3 + 3/4. This can be written as a mixed number: **3 3/4**