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Addition of natural numbers


Addition is one of the oldest and most basic mathematical operations in existence. It is also one of the first mathematical operations people come into contact in early childhood. The definition of addition is simple: combining two or more groups of objects into a single, larger group. The number of objects in that larger group is equal to the number of objects in all the other groups put together. Numbers used in the operation are called the terms, the addends, or the summands. The sign for addition is called “the plus sign” and it looks like this:”+”. The principle behind it, however, looks somewhat like this:

The history of behind it

Although counting can be thought of as a form of addition, the earliest discovered artifacts suggest addition has been used between 20.000 and 18.000 years BC. The first written evidence though, indicates that Egyptians and Babylonians were using it as early as 2.000 BC. Due to the complexity of the numeral systems in use in that time, performing basic mathematical operations was also a complicated task. With the development of positional numeral systems, especially the Hindu-Arabic system, and the use of a digit representing zero, enabled the use of simpler methods of calculation, like the ones we use in modern times.

idea of addition in the past

Properties of addition

Addition displays several distinct properties, such as commutativity and associativity, as well as having an identity element. The identity element is defined as the element in a set of numbers that, when used in a mathematical operation with another number, leaves that number unchanged. In the case of addition, that element is the number 0 (zero). That means that when you add zero to another number, you get that same number as the result.

It is also worth mentioning that if you wish to add physical quantities with units (such as square feet, yards, meters, pounds, kilograms etc.), they first have to be expressed with common units. In other words, add meters to meters and not to square meters or kilograms.


Addition is considered commutative, which means that you can exchange places of the terms without changing the result.


Associativity is the property of addition that comes into play when more than two numbers are being added and it tells us that the order of operations is not important when we are adding more than two numbers. That means it doesn’t matter whether you’re going to add the third and fourth number first or the first and second – the result will not change.

addition properties

Natural numbers

In this part of the lesson, we are going to talk about the addition of natural numbers.
The simplest examples of addition are those of the addition of natural numbers. It is essential for you to know the basics of adding two one-digit numbers before moving on to more complex examples.
Now, we are going to look at the addition of two three-digit numbers. Let’s take a look at the next example:

sum of large numbers

The addition of two three-digit numbers is very simple. The process of adding two numbers from the previous example should look like this:
-> 1 plus 4 is 5.
-> 9 plus 7 is 16. Write the 6, carry the 1.
-> 5 plus 2 is 7, plus the carried 1 it’s 8.
-> The result is 865.

The addition of two numbers with any number of digits is done by the process described above. It is really simple and easy to learn.

In our next example we are going to look at addition of 3 three-digit numbers:


addition of three digits


The process of adding the 3 numbers in the example above should look like this:
-> 1 plus 6 plus 8 is 15. Write 5 carry 1.
-> 3 plus 0 plus 3 plus the carried 1 is 7. Write 7.
-> 3 plus 1 plus 7 is 11. Write 11.
The final result is 1175.

Addition of natural numbers worksheets


  Two integers (96.0 KiB, 531 hits)

  Three integers (261.5 KiB, 441 hits)

  Four integers (325.1 KiB, 450 hits)

  Two positive integers (71.3 KiB, 470 hits)

  Three positive integers (85.6 KiB, 424 hits)

  Four positive integers (222.9 KiB, 453 hits)


  Two positive decimals (178.5 KiB, 470 hits)

  Three positive decimals (207.1 KiB, 417 hits)

  Four positive decimals (244.3 KiB, 451 hits)

  Two decimals (240.5 KiB, 398 hits)

  Three decimals (296.2 KiB, 380 hits)

  Four decimals (352.7 KiB, 383 hits)


  Two positive fractions (364.2 KiB, 501 hits)

  Three positive fractions (446.5 KiB, 372 hits)

  Four positive fractions (539.7 KiB, 400 hits)

  Two fractions (389.8 KiB, 410 hits)

  Three fractions (514.6 KiB, 394 hits)

  Four fractions (629.8 KiB, 387 hits)

Improper fractions

  Two positive improper fractions (341.0 KiB, 380 hits)

  Three positive improper fractions (391.9 KiB, 410 hits)

  Four positive improper fractions (448.5 KiB, 372 hits)

  Two improper fractions (367.1 KiB, 404 hits)

  Three improper fractions (456.3 KiB, 382 hits)

  Four improper fractions (535.7 KiB, 669 hits)