Directions: Using the digits 1 to 9 at most one time each, fill in the boxes to make the smallest (or largest) difference.

### Hint

What number does each box represent?

### Answer

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Source: Robert Kaplinsky

My fourth grade students came up with 0.14 is the smallest difference. This could be achieved by a few different ways. However, the tenths and hundredths had to be ___.12 – ___.98

That’s what we got too!

But you can’t use 0s, you can only use whole number digits 1-9.

the awnser is 1.23-2.45

We thought about negative numbers. My class came up with -9.36 if you consider negative numbers.

I’m rethinking our logic now. The smallest difference would mean show two numbers that are as close as possible on a number line.

My fifth graders also got .14 as the smallest difference, but we did it using the digits 1-9. Both 4.12-3.98 and 5.12-4.98 can give you this result.

They also figured 9.87-1.23 = 8.64 as the largest difference.

My 4/5th grade students also got 0.14 several ways using _.12-_.98= 0.14. We did not use negative numbers.

1.3 -0.42 =.98

wroung on 2.9-1.8=1.1