posted by zeke
how do you check addition problems by adding up?
Let's use this addition problem as an example.
First you add 1 + 5. To check your work, add up, 5 + 1.
If you have a column of numbers and you go down each column to add them together, that's normal, right?
To check to make sure you're right, you'd add from the bottom to the top of each column. If you get the same answer, you know it's right.
That's called adding up.
When my mother was working for her father in the family business (long before calculators or computers) and had to add long columns of numbers, adding down was the standard; then adding up was the double-check.
thank you,that was very helpful.