## Adding Mixed Numbers: 1 1/4 + 2 1/3

Adding mixed numbers can seem a bit tricky, but with a few simple steps, it becomes much easier. Let's break down how to add **1 1/4 + 2 1/3**.

### Step 1: Find a Common Denominator

Before we can add fractions, they need to have the same denominator. The smallest common denominator for 4 and 3 is 12.

**1 1/4**becomes**1 3/12**(multiply numerator and denominator by 3)**2 1/3**becomes**2 4/12**(multiply numerator and denominator by 4)

### Step 2: Add the Whole Numbers

Now that the fractions have the same denominator, we can add the whole numbers:
**1 + 2 = 3**

### Step 3: Add the Fractions

Add the numerators of the fractions, keeping the denominator the same:
**3/12 + 4/12 = 7/12**

### Step 4: Combine the Whole Number and Fraction

Finally, combine the whole number and fraction to get the final answer:
**3 + 7/12 = 3 7/12**