Basic Operations
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There are four basic operations in mathematics:

These operations define actions. They are not static statements, but dynamic interactions between quantities.

Division is the action of seperating quantities into groups of a given size (grouping), or a certain number of groups (sharing). It can also be modeled with an area model. Let's look at 18 ÷ 6 = 3. Here is an example of the grouping model:

grouping model








Here's a look at a sharing model:

sharing model

area model for division

The models are simple, yet powerful. They will work for operations with fractions, decimals, and signed numbers, as well as algebraic operations. We'll learn more about those in future lessons.