Operations On Whole Numbers

Whole numbers are positive integers along with zero. They are all the natural numbers including zero. Hence we can say that all whole are natural numbers but natural numbers does not include zero hence all natural numbers are not whole numbers.

Whole Numbers = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 ……………etc

Whereas, natural numbers =1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 ……………etc

There are four basic operations with whole numbers that is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The first operation with whole numbers is addition and the inverse operation of this is subtraction. Again, the inverse operation of multiplication is division.

Here are few examples showing four basic operation of whole numbers



Add: 23 and 25

                T       O

                2       3

         +     2       5 

                 4       8 

Here in the ones column 3+5 = 8 and in tens column 2+2 =4. That gives the answer 48



                T       O

                9       2

       (-)     5       0 

                4       2 

In the ones column 0 is subtracted from 2 to get 2 and in the tens column 5 is subtracted from 9 to get 4

We can see that subtraction is an inverse of addition because if we add 50 + 42 we get 92. This is also done to check whether the answer is correct or not.



                H      T      O

                4      2      5

                ×             2 

                8      5      0 

425 is the multiplier and 2 is the multiplicand. Now, 2 is multiplied first with 5 in the ones column to get 10. We cannot write 10 we will write 0 and 1 will be carried over in the tens column. Now in tens column again 2 is multiplied with 2 to get 4 and 1 is carryover of the ones place. Hence it becomes 4+1 =5. In hundreds place 2 is multiplied with 4 to get 8.

We can see over here that multiplication operation is nothing but repeated addition operation. Instead of multiplying 425 with 2 we can add 425 two times we will get the same number. 425+425 = 850. However, we opt for multiplication when the multiplier is a large number. For example; 425 × 9; if we do multiplication then we can find out the answer very easily but if we go for addition then we will have to add 425 nine times which becomes difficult and time-consuming.



255 ÷ 5


Answer: Quotient 51 and remainder 0

Here 255 is the dividend and 5 is the divisor. That is the number that is divided is called the dividend and the number by which it is divided (here 5) is called the divisor. The answer is the quotient and the balance remaining (here 0) is termed as remainder. First in the dividend one by one digit is considered. First considering 2 but 2 do not come in the tables of 5 and 2 is less than 5 so we have to consider 25. Now 5 × 5 =25 and then in the next step 5 is brought now and 5 multiplied by 1 is 5.

Here also we can see that division is the inverse of multiplication that is 51 × 5 = 255 (dividend)

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