A shop has 953 bottles of
drink. 230 were sold. How many are left?
When we solve word problems, we
always start by highlighting the key numbers and phrases. A shop had 953 bottles of
drink. 230 are sold. We need to calculate how many
bottles are left.
Now we can write the equation; 953
bottles, 230 are sold. Next we need to figure out which
operation to use, plus or minus. The shop had 953 bottles and then
That’s correct! The operation we need to use is
minus because 230 bottles were already sold. Once we’ve subtracted 230 bottles
from the 953, that will tell us how many bottles are left.
Now we can calculate the answer
using column subtraction, 953 minus 230. Starting in the ones column, three
minus zero is three. Moving across to the 10s column,
five minus three is two.
Finally, we’re moving to the 100s
column: nine minus two is seven. 953 minus 230 equals 723. The shop had 953 bottles of
drink. They sold 230, which means that 723
were left. We calculated our answer using