Calling all number detectives!

Look at this symbol:

We know it is the **equals** sign but what does it actually mean?

It means the **same as** and doesn’t just mean the answer.

Look at the following calculation:

**43 - 7 = 12 x __**

Both sides of the calculation are** equal**. The answer to 43 - 7 must be the** same** as the answer to** 12 multiplied by something** (our mystery number).

We need to work out the answer to the calculation on the left to help us work out the missing number on the right.

So 43 - 7 = **36**.

We need to make the calculation on the right equal 36. 12 x **3** is 36. Therefore the missing number is **3**.

Let’s try another to check we understand what is happening:

**3 x __ = 5 + 7**

Here we must work out the right side of the calculation to help us work out the missing number on the left.

So 5 + 7 = **12.**

3 x ? = 12

The missing number is **4** as 3 x **4 **= 12.

**3 x 4 = 5 + 7**

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Remember that equals means the same as and the answers on either side of the equals sign must be the same.

In this activity, you will be completing sums by finding the missing number.

Good luck!