# Adding Fractions in the form a/b + b/a.

There are many different fractions that you will encounter in math. If you see one with the setup a/b + b/a then the trick below will help you solve it in seconds.

Look at the math problem 3/8 + 8/3= ?

- Find the difference in the numbers.
- 8 - 3 = 5

- Square the result
- 5
^{2}= 25. - 25 is the numerator.

- 5
- Multiply the two numbers.
- 8 * 3 = 24
- 24 is the denominator.

- If the fraction is a proper fraction, write down 2. This is the whole number added to the proper fraction.
- If the fraction is improper, turn it into a mixed number and add 2 to the whole number.
- 25/24 is improper so we convert it to 1 1/24.
- We add 2 which gives us 3 1/24

**ANSWER is 3 and 1/24.**

Watch the math video below for a detailed explanation!