Subtraction
Subtraction is ...
... taking one number away from another.
If you have 5 apples, then subtract 2, you will be left with 3. 

This would be written: 5  2 = 3 
Try It Yourself
Train Yourself
You get good at subtraction with practice...
... so we have developed Math Trainer  Subtraction to help get you trained!
Subtraction Table
You can "look up" answers for simple subtraction using this table:0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  

0  0  
1  1  0  
2  2  1  0  
3  3  2  1  0  
4  4  3  2  1  0  
5  5  4  3  2  1  0  
6  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
7  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
8  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
9  9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
10  10  9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
11  11  10  9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0  
12  12  11  10  9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2  1  0 
Example: Find 8  5
 find the row starting with "8"
 move along till you are under the column "5"
 and there is the number "3", so 8  5 = 3
Names
Other names used in subtraction are Minus, Less, Difference, Decrease, Take Away, Deduct.
The names of the numbers in a subtraction fact are:
Minuend  Subtrahend = Difference 

Minuend: The number that is to be subtracted from. Subtrahend: The number that is to be subtracted. Difference: The result of subtracting one number from another. 
Subtracting Larger Numbers
To subtract numbers with more than one digit (such as "4225"), use any one of these methods, choose whichever you prefer:
Subtraction with Regrouping (also called "Borrowing") This is the method most people use! 

Quick Subtraction (more complicated, but can be faster)  
Subtraction using Addition (also called the Complements Method) 
Worksheets
For practice try these Subtraction Worksheets