89994 plus 7643 equals what?
These look like complicated
numbers. So we could use column addition to
find the answer and end up doing a lot of exchanging. But is there anything interesting
that we can spot about these numbers that may help us to work out the answer in our
The first number, 89994, is very
close to a round number, a multiple of 10000. We could use this to help. And so if we add six to 89994, we
get 90000. And 90000 is a much easier number
to add to mentally. But what are we going to add to
If we want the total to remain the
same, we need to subtract six from our second number. This way, the changes we’ve made
will cancel each other out. We know that 43 take away six is
37. So 7643 take away six is 7637.
Now all we need to do is to add
these two numbers together in our heads. 90000 plus 7637 equals 97637. Let’s check this answer using the
written method. Four ones plus three ones equals
seven ones. Nine tens plus four tens equals 13
tens. So we can write three of those tens
in the tens place and exchange 10 of those tens for 100. We write the one in the hundreds
column. Nine hundreds plus six hundreds
equals 15 hundreds, not forgetting the 100 underneath, which takes us to 16
hundreds. So we can write six of those
hundreds in the hundreds column and then exchange 10 hundreds for one thousand. So we can write that one in the
thousands column. Nine thousand plus seven thousand
equals 16 thousand. Don’t forget the one underneath, 17
thousands. So we write the seven in the
thousands column and then exchange 10 of those thousands for one lot of 10000. And finally, in our 10 thousands
column, we have eight lots of ten thousand and one lot of ten thousand underneath,
which gives us a total of nine lots of ten thousand, 97637.
Because we’re dealing with large
complicated numbers, we could use column addition. And as we saw, we had to exchange
several times to find the answer. However, we noticed that 89994 was
very close to 90000. And so by adding six to the first
number, we changed it into 900000, which made it a lot easier to add with.
To ensure that our total stayed the
same, we took away six from the second number. And so we were left with two
numbers that we could add very quickly in our heads: 90000 and 7637. 89994 plus 7643 equals 97637.