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What division sentence means the same as the following subtraction sentences? 12-4=8, 8-4=4,4-4=0

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The three subtraction sentences 12-4=8, 8-4=4, and 4-4=0 can be expressed as a single division sentence.
 
The division sentence 12/4 = 3 means that, starting with the number 12,  4 can be subtracted 3 times to get zero.  
 Division is repeated subtraction
 
  12 / 4   means how many 4's you can subtract from 12.
 
    12 orange split into units of 4, then how many kids can get 4 oranges
 
      12 -  4 = 8   1st kid
 
       8 -4 = 4    2nd kid
 
       4 - 4  = 0     3rd kid
 
        So 3 kid can get 4 oranges each.
 
        If we multiply  3 * 4 =12
 
         if each 3 kids get each 4 oranges , then what was the total oranges distributed among kids
 
         Now we say that Multiplication is repeated addition.
 
        4 * 3 = 12,  4 + 4 + 4 = 12
 
         Further we can say that Multiplication and division is opposite of each other
 
            Like  2 * 3 = 6       6/3 = 2    6/ 2 =3 , Also division and fractions are the same, and symbols
                                                                      can be used interchangeably.
 
 

Hi, Tammie.

I'm not certain on the directions here.  But if you are looking for division problems that will come up with the same answers as each subtraction statement, I can help you.

For example, 12 - 4 = 8

The number 8 is 2/3 of 12,
so you could write 12 div by 3/2 = 8   Division Sentence

For the sentence, 8 - 4 = 4, it seems like you're cutting the 8 in half.
So You could write 8 div by 2 = 4   Division Sentence

 

The last sentence is a trick question.  You cannot divide 4 by anything and ever get zero for the answer.  So I might respond to that sentence with "there is no division sentence that represents this subtraction sentence."

Please let me know if this is what was being asked.  Hope I helped you.