How to Subtract on a Number Line

Subtracting on a Number Line

A number line can be used to subtract numbers.

Imagine we wanted to find 7 − 3.

How to Subtract on a Number Line

Subtracting on a number line is easy.

Question

Use a number line to find 7 − 3.

Step-by-Step:

1

Find 7 on the number line.

7 − 3

2

Move 3 to the left along the number line.

7 − 3

3

Read off the number you have reached.

Answer:

7 − 3 = 4

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