Subtraction equations - 4 digit integers An equation is a mathematical statement such that the expression on the left side of the equals sign (=) has the same value as the expression on the right side. An example of an equation is - 2000 - (- 6000) = 4000. One of the terms in an equation may not be know and needs to be determined. Often this unknown term is represented by a letter such as x. (e.g. - 2000 + x = 4000). The solution of an equation is finding the value of the unknown x. To find the value of x we can use the subtractive equation property which says: The two sides of an equation remain equal if the same number is subtracted from each side. We may also use the additive equation property which says: The two sides of an equation remain equal if the same number is added to each side. Example: x - (- 5000) = 4000 x + 5000 = 4000 x + 5000 - 5000 = 4000 - 5000 x + 0 = - 1000 x = - 1000 Check the answer by substituting the answer ( - 1000) back into the equation. - 1000 - ( - 5000) = 4000 Return to Top

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