Addition equations with 5 digit numbers An equation is a mathematical statement that has an expression on the left side of the equals sign (=) with the same value as the expression on the right side. An example of an equation is 22222 + 22222 = 44444. One of the terms in an equation may not be known and needs to be determined. The unknown term may be represented by a letter such as x (e.g. 22222 + x = 44444). The equation is solved by finding the value of the unknown x that makes the two sides of the equation have the same value. Use the subtraction property of equations to find the value of x in addition equations. The subtraction property of equations states that the two sides of an equation remain equal if the same number is subtracted from each side. Example: 50000 + x = 120000 50000 + x - 50000 = 120000 - 50000 0 + x = 70000 x = 70000 Check the answer by substituting (70000) for x in the original equation. The answer is correct if the expressions on each side of the equals sign have the same value. 50000 + 70000 = 120000 Return to Top

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