The **equals **sign (=) is used to show that two things are equal in value.

6 × 4 = 24 and 8 × 3 = 24

So we can say that

6 × 4 = 8 × 3 without saying that they both come to 24.

**Example 1**

True or false?

56 ÷ 7 = 10 - 3 + 2

**Answer**

Work out each side *separately*.

56 ÷ 7 = 8

10 - 3 + 2 = 7 + 2 = 9

They are not equal, so the statement was **FALSE**.

**Example 2**

True or false?

100 ÷ 4 = 5 × 5

**Answer**

Work out each side *separately*.

100 ÷ 4 = 25

5 × 5 = 25

They are equal, so the statement was **TRUE**.