Basic Algebra Math
This page provides a math calculator to solve traditional addition. The traditional addition method is the old method of adding two numbers. The method is still commonly taught as part of the US math curriculum.
The calculator shows the work and steps needed to get the final solution.
Traditional Addition Method Calculator
Enter Values and Press Calculate
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To compute the answer or result perform the following steps:
1) Enter the first number.
2) Enter the second number.
3) Press Calculate.
Note: The inputs must be positive numbers. Negative or zero entries will produce an error message.
Note: The larger number will be placed on the top row and the smaller will be placed on the middle row. The solution is on the last row below the bold line.
Traditional Addition Method:
The traditional method sums two number by adding their single digits from right to left. If the sum of the digits is greater than 9, then a carry over occurs. The carry over is placed over the next digit group. The carry over is then included in the next groups sum.
The addition algorithm working from left to right is as follows:
1) Add the two digits and carry over if it exists.
2) If the sum from step one is greater than 9 place the ones in the same column and carry over the tens value to the next column.
3) Repeat until the left most digit group has been processed.
Note: This calculator will show zero digits preceding a number for clarity.
Note: The right most digit group will not have a carry over value.
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