What Are the Four Fundamental Operations of Mathematics?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 4:02:29 AM ET
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The fundamental operations in mathematics are addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are corresponding symbols for each. The plus sign (+) is for addition. The minus sign (-) is for subtraction. The symbols “x”, “*” and “•” signify multiplication. The obelus (÷) and forward slash (/) are used for division.

Addition combines two or more numbers to get their sum or total, while subtraction finds the difference between two quantities. Multiplication is repeated addition; one of the numbers in a multiplication equation indicates how many times the other number needs to be added to itself. Division is the inverse of multiplication.