How would i go about this problem can some one give me a step by step please

does anyone have a good tutorial so i can learn problems like this one?

18/13-10/17+3/2=?

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- Sep 13th 2009, 08:03 PMMath NoobNeed some help
How would i go about this problem can some one give me a step by step please

does anyone have a good tutorial so i can learn problems like this one?

18/13-10/17+3/2=? - Sep 13th 2009, 08:10 PMpickslides

Find a common denominator, the easiest way to find one is to multiply all the denominators together.

Now

Can you finish it from here? - Sep 13th 2009, 08:17 PMMath Noob
I can i guess, but i would like to know why are you cross multiplying to get the answer? Is that what your suppose to do? I am in need of a tutorial explaing why the problem is solved that way.

- Sep 13th 2009, 08:27 PMpickslides
Do you understand why the denominators need to be the same?

- Sep 13th 2009, 08:39 PMMath Noob
yes i know how to make the denominators the same by multiplying the prime factors if they are not common factors what i don't understand is why are you multiplying the numerators to the denominators by cross multiplying.

- Sep 13th 2009, 09:14 PMpickslides
Well lets take the first term as a case study.

As you understand we need to make the denominator 13 into 442. This is done by multiplying by 17 and 2. I.e 13 by 17 by 2 = 442.

So if we are changing the demoninator by multiplying by 17 and 2, then we must also do this to the numerator.

Now you need to do this to the 2nd and 3rd term. - Sep 13th 2009, 09:25 PMMath Noob
i see that you have to multiply the denominator with the numerator but why is the 13 left out of the problem? 18x17x2

- Sep 13th 2009, 09:57 PMpickslides
We didn't multiply the denominator by 13 so we don't times the numerator by 13 either, maybe this working will illustrate it better.

We are doing exactly the same to each the numerator and demoninator.

- Sep 13th 2009, 11:02 PMMath Noob
You multiplied all the denominators together to get the final denominator.

So what is left is to multiply the numerator correct?

What the question i am referring to is the numerator, I can't get a grasp on why your multiplying. Sorry if I'm asking so many questions' but i am using this to write a study guide for myself, since i am home schooling. That is why i asked if their are tutorials on problems such as the one i presented with a in depth write up. - Sep 13th 2009, 11:10 PMpickslides
- Sep 14th 2009, 12:04 AMMath Noob