# Addition and subtraction word problems

Addition and subtraction word problems are part of the foundation for elementary math instruction. Addition is used to multiply or divide something into another. This can also mean adding an item to something else. Subtraction is the process of turning something into its less-than-half complement. For example, if you are multiplying two positive numbers by five, the result will always be five. Addition and subtraction words are commonly used in elementary math.

## Addition and subtraction word problems

Addition and subtraction word problems are most often used for basic learning in mathematics. They are often paired with other instruction, such as measuring or subtraction. For example, in the math worksheet that follows, first find the maximum and minimum area of a circle, in inches. You must add the area of the circle to the area of the square (the maximum minus the area of the square, or the minimum minus the square’s perimeter).

## Subtraction Word Problems Worksheet

Next, find the fraction over which the area of the circle is measured. This fraction is called the decimals of the area. Write it down on your worksheet and use the fraction’s area to find the answer for your math question. This is an example of an addition question, and the addition problem can be used for introductory lessons in all grade levels.