Addition and Subtraction

Addition and subtraction are two fundamental arithmetic operations that you encounter regularly in everyday life and mathematics. They involve combining and taking away quantities. 


Definition: Addition is the mathematical operation of combining two or more numbers to find their sum. The result of addition is called the "sum."

Addition Symbols: The "+" symbol is used to represent addition. For example, "3 + 5" means adding 3 and 5 together.

Properties of Addition:


Definition: Subtraction is the mathematical operation of taking away one number from another to find the difference. The result of subtraction is called the "difference."

Subtraction Symbols: The "-" symbol is used to represent subtraction. For example, "8 - 3" means subtracting 3 from 8.

Properties of Subtraction:

Addition and Subtraction Facts:

It's important to memorize basic addition and subtraction facts, especially for small numbers. This helps in mental calculations and builds a strong foundation for more advanced mathematics.

Carryover (Carrying) and Borrowing:

When adding or subtracting, you may encounter situations where the sum or difference in one place exceeds 9. In such cases, you carry over the extra value (in addition) or borrow from the next higher place value (in subtraction).

Addition Example:

Let's add 356 and 278:


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  + 278



Subtraction Example:

Let's subtract 478 from 935:


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  - 478



Word Problems:

Both addition and subtraction are used to solve real-life word problems. These problems involve translating a situation into a mathematical expression, performing the operation, and interpreting the result.

Practice and Application:

Practice is key to becoming proficient in addition and subtraction. As you become more skilled, you'll be able to tackle more complex problems and apply these operations in various areas, including money, measurements, and everyday calculations.