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Missing Operations Exercise

Each box represents a missing operation (add, subtract, multiply or divide). What are they?

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This is level 5: advanced (including fractions). You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.

Click the squares between the numbers to select the operations.

Write one of the symbols \( + \, - \, \times \, \div \) in each of the boxes to make the statements correct.


1234 = 0


12345 = 0


(5743)(5245) = 2


(2357)(3366) = 40


\( \frac{1}{2} \)\( \frac{1}{4} \)\( \frac{1}{2} \) = 0


\( \frac{2}{3} \)\( \frac{1}{6} \)\( \frac{1}{2} \) = 0


\( \frac{5}{9} \)\( \frac{3}{10} \)\( \frac{5}{6} \) = 1


\( \frac{1}{2} \)\( \frac{1}{3} \)\( \frac{1}{4} \)\( \frac{1}{5} \) = 30


65 > 412 > 93


23 > \( \frac{1}{3} \)\( \frac{1}{15} \) > 246


1732205= 3


1653618= 3


This is Missing Operations Exercise level 5. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4


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Description of Levels


If you are new to this topic I suggest you try the BIDMAS exercise first in order to become familiar with the 'order of operations'.

Level 1 - Numbers up to 10

Level 2 - Numbers 10 to 19

Level 3 - Brackets included

Level 4 - Decimals included

Level 5 - Advanced (including fractions)

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You can print out the levels of this exercise individually or download a pdf version of all five levels in structured worksheet format.

You need to know about the order of operations in order to complete this exercise. This is how I remember the order:


BIDMAS is an acronym reminding pupils of the order of operation used when evaluating expressions involving a number of different operations. The letters of BIDMAS stand for:

When only addition and subtraction (or only multiplication and division) are left in an expression you should work them out in the order you find them, starting from the left and working towards the right. The blue image of the letters above has been designed to show that multiplication and division have the same importance as the letter M is in the same position as the letter D. The same can be said for the letters A and S.

For example, to evaluate the expression 32 + 5 x 7 - (4 - 3)

Work out the brackets first which gives 32 + 5 x 7 - 1

Then the indices 9 + 5 x 7 - 1

Then the multiplication 9 + 35 - 1

Then the addition and subtraction in the order they are given

The answer is 43

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