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Use the Inverse Operation to Solve Addition Calculations

In this worksheet, students will find the missing number in a calculation using subtraction.

'Use the Inverse Operation to Solve Addition Calculations' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Addition and Subtraction

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Correct Methods to Problem Solve

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be finding the missing number in a calculation.



Find the number that makes the calculation correct.

4,740 + __ = 6,000



The opposite (inverse) of adding is subtracting.

So we work out 6,000 - 4,740 = 1,260


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Here is another example

2,365  + ___ = 4,000


Use the inverse operation to solve.

4,000  -  2,365 = 1,635


If you remember that the inverse simply means the opposite, you'll soon be flying through the questions! 


The inverse of addition is subtraction, and yes, you've guessed it, the inverse of subtraction is addition!


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