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Grade 2 • 2yr.

Hello, I don't understand this math problem. My teacher says 5 = 1 + 4, but they are not the same numbers ... Can you help me please?

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Team Alloprof • 2yr.

Hello,

Thank you for your question!

In fact, 5 = 1 + 4 is true, because you have to do the mathematical operation to see the equality. As 1 + 4 = 5, we can therefore say that 5 = 1 + 4, because this amounts to saying that 5 = 5.

The equal sign simply means that the number which is found to the left of the equal sign and the one on the right are equal.

Hope that answers your question! :)

Good evening,

Audrey

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