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Lesson 7  Section 2

# THE MEANING OF SUBTRACTION

## Mental calculation

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Subtract by the ending

Knowing the endings in addition (Lesson 4) becomes skill in subtraction. For example, to find the number we must add to 8 to get 32 --

328

8 + ? ends in 2 ?

8 + 4 ends in 2 -- because 8 + 4 is 12.

Therefore,  32 − 8  will also end in 4.  It must be 24.  The answer falls in the previous decade. In fact, whenever we take an 8 from a 2, the answer always ends in 4.

42 − 8 = 34

62 − 8 = 54

92 − 8 = 84

The answers fall in the previous decade.  These are problems you should not have to write down.

Example 1.   41 − 9

Solution.   9 + ?  ends in 1.

Solution.   9 + 2 ends in 1,  because 9 + 2 is 11.  Therefore,

41 − 9 = 32

Example 2.   You could know

84 − 8 = 76,

because 8 + 6 ends in 4.

To summarize:

 3. How can we find the difference by how it must end? 84 − 8 = 76 Decide what number you must add to the smaller number to get the ones digit of the larger.

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Next, how can we find the difference between two-digit numbers?  First:

 4. How can we find the difference between a number in one decade and a number in the previous decade? 92 − 87 Add to the smaller number to complete a 10. Then add the ones of the larger number. "87 plus 3 is 90, plus 2 is 92." 92 − 87 = 5.

Example 3.   52 − 46

Say only, "4 + 2 is 6."

That is, 46 plus 4 is 50,  plus 2 is 52.

Example 4.   57 + ? = 65

"3 + 5 is 8."

Example 5.   23 − 18

"2 + 3 is 5."

These are problems that you should not have to write, and certainly should not require a calculator.

Next, let's look at two-digit numbers that are farther apart.

42 + ? = 96

How to do it?  First add enough tens to get to the 90's.

"42 + 50 is 92, plus 4 is 96." 42 + 54 = 96.

 Example 6. 25 + ? = 87 "25 + 60 is 85, plus 2 is 87."

That is,  25 + 62 = 87.

Finally, here is the case where the ones digit of the smaller number is greater.

27 + ? = 80

First consider this case where we're going to a multiple of 10.  In this case, add to get to the previous decade -- the 70's. "27 plus 50 is 77, plus 3 is 80."

27 + 53 = 80.

In practice, say only,

"50 + 3 is 53."

 Example 7. 36 + ? = 90 "50 plus 4 is 54." That is, 36 + 50 is 86, plus 4 is 90."
 Example 8. 38 + ? = 60 "20 plus 2 is 22."

(38 plus + 20 is 58, plus 2 is 60.)

Now say that the larger number is not a multiple of 10.

38 + ? = 64

Again, add to 38 to get to the previous decade. But in this case we know that the difference will end in 6 -- the ones digit will be a 6.  (8 + 6 ends in 4.)

38 + 26 = 64.

38 plus 20 is 58, plus 6 is 64.

To summarize:

 5. How can we find the difference of two-digit numbers when the ones digit of the smaller number is greater? 61 − 23 = ? 23 + ? = 61 Decide how the difference will end. Then add to get to the previous decade.

Example 9.   23 + ? = 61

Solution.  The difference will end in 8.  (3 + 8 ends in 1.)  Therefore,

23 + 38 = 61.

(23 plus 30 is 53, plus 8 is 61.)

 Example 10. 55 + ? = 82 "55 + 20 is 75.  27."

The difference ends in 7.

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