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

12-4=8  8-4=4 4-4=0

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Kenneth G. | Experienced Tutor of Mathematics and StatisticsExperienced Tutor of Mathematics and Sta...
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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.
Parviz F. | Mathematics professor at Community CollegesMathematics professor at Community Colle...
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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.

Sheila M. | Friendly College Math Professor - understands students' math anxietyFriendly College Math Professor - unders...
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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.