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Details for problem "Columnar subtraction"

Quickname: 9777

Suitable for K-12 grades: Grade 3 Grade 4

Elementary School, Primary School.


Columnar addition of multiple subtrahends.


Columnar addition of multiple subtrahends. (Example for this math problem)


A series of natural positive numbers have to be subtracted with borrow/ without borrow in written columnar form.

This customizable problem providing visual representations of columnar subtraction will allow young mathematicians to grip columnar subtraction concepts. This is a simple task to exercise the columnar subtraction concept with/ without borrows independently, either in the classroom or as a homework assignment. It can also be generated according to the differentiated ability for grades 3 to 5.

Boost the subtraction skills by practicing these worksheets with the following added values.

  1. Revise the subtraction of 2 or more numbers.
  2. Learn to subtract columnar digits with/ without carries.
  3. Observe and understand the concept of writing numbers in columns to subtract.
  4. Lay a foundation to use subtraction skills in future Maths.

These worksheets can be customized for different age groups as per requirement.

The method shown in the solution key is the Austrian method. The answer key consists of solutions to all problems.

Topics: Arithmetic Elementary arithmetic Whole Numbers

Tags: Subtraction

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Customization options for this problem

Possible values
Number of problems
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Number of subtrahends
1, 2, 3
Number of places
2, 3, 4
never, max every other digit, yes

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Similar problem type for addition
Columnar addition of multiple summands.

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