i need to do 0.333 + 0.25 + 0.083 in fractions now i know how to do two parts by finding the common factor and multiplying but how do i do three parts?

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- Jul 16th 2012, 03:10 AMariel32Adding and subsctracting fractions with more than two parts
i need to do 0.333 + 0.25 + 0.083 in fractions now i know how to do two parts by finding the common factor and multiplying but how do i do three parts?

- Jul 16th 2012, 03:30 AMPlatoRe: Adding and subsctracting fractions with more than two parts
- Jul 16th 2012, 03:36 AMemakarovRe: Adding and subsctracting fractions with more than two parts
Also, the sum of more than two numbers can always be represented as a repeated sum of just two numbers at a time. Thus, 0.333 + 0.25 + 0.083 is either (0.333 + 0.25) + 0.083 or 0.333 + (0.25 + 0.083) (these two expressions give the same result).

- Jul 16th 2012, 10:45 AMHallsofIvyRe: Adding and subsctracting fractions with more than two parts
I suspect that the problem was really $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}+ \frac{1}{4}+ \frac{1}{12}$

Since 12= 3(4), the "least common denominator" is 12. Multiplying both numerator and denominator of the first fraction by 4 and of the second fraction by 3 gives

$\displaystyle \frac{4}{12}+ \frac{3}{12}+ \frac{1}{12}$.

However, ariel32, the question you**asked**is not at all that problem. While ".333" and ".083" are**approximations**to $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}$ and $\displaystyle \frac{1}{12}$, they are**not**equal to them. In the future, please state your problem exactly as you were given it.