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Subtraction to Get the Smallest Difference

Directions: Using the digits 1 to 9, at most one time each, fill the boxes below to create the smallest possible difference.

Subtraction 2nd grade



Remember that zeros are not allowed.  Because you can only use each digit once, the digit in the hundreds place can’t be the same.




One possible solution is 612-598 = 14. 

Source: Graham Fletcher

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  1. Cameron Williams (Mrs. Elliott's 4th Graders)

    We also got 14 with 412-398=14.

  2. But you used 1 in the question and 1 in the answer.

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