The most useful rules of basic algebra,
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Howdy! Here are a few very handy rules of algebra. These basic rules are useful for everything from figuring out your gas mileage to acing your next math test — or even solving equations from the far reaches of theoretical physics. Happy calculating!

Algebra Rule 5

Fractions can be summed by multiplying across between numerators and denominators, and multiplying denominators for a common denominator

```\left({a \over b}\right)+\left({c \over d}\right) = {(ad+bc) \over bd}```

If top and bottom of a fraction are both multiplied by the same number, the fraction remains unchanged. So, we can sum two fractions by first multiplying each fraction's numerator and denominator with the other fraction's denominator. Then, since both the fractions now have the same denominator (the product of the two denominators), we can combine them into one fraction, with the sum in the numerator.

```{3 \over 5}+{1 \over 3} = {(3*3) \over (5*3)} + {(1*5) \over (3*5)} = {(1*5)+(3*3) \over (3*5)} = {14 \over 15}```
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