# How to Rearrange an Equation

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Equations in algebra can be rearranged. Imagine we have an equation:

## How to Add on a Number Line

Adding on a number line is easy.

## Question

Use a number line to find 4 + 3.

## 1

Find 4 on the number line.
4 + 3

## 2

Move 3 to the right along the number line.
4 + 3

## 3

Read off the number you have reached.

4 + 3 = 7

## Lesson Slides

The slider below shows another real example of how to add on a number line.

## Top Tip

Adding means going right on a number line.

## The Order of Adding Doesn't Matter

In our example, we have found 4 + 3.

But the order in which we add the numbers doesn't matter... we can swap the numbers around:
4 + 3 = 3 + 4
This is the commutative property of addition: you can change the order of the numbers around the sign and still get the same answer.

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