Nero the zero hero, the Roman gladiator, wasn’t at all like heroes ought to be – he only could write in noughts, additionally ! Although Nero was a hero, he couldn’t count at all … originally, Nero the hero only ever got to number zero, history seems to recall. However, his civilisation came to be so great, is really was quite a fete, since Nero the zero hero, couldn’t multiply past number eight. Nero started to add up, when he was a boy, growing up … but that is where his mathematical abilities seemed to stop. In fact, when Nero the hero tried to subtract, only his gladiator’s sword and shield remained intact ! But gradually, as he practised some more, he turned into a genius and was easily able to score. No more zeros anymore ! Soon his sums were so very high, he’d built a wonder of the world which everyone came to spy. His noughts were sought far and wide … soon, Nero’s zeros were known so widely, his reputation as a mathematics genius quickly multiplied !

Appearo A Zero

Some noughts are not here – where ought the noughts to appear ?! All of these sums are quite wrong – without noughts at all, they are don’t make sense – where should the noughts be placed to make them into a proper maths sum ?

1. Where should go inside these mathematical equations to make them complete ?

2. How many zeros should go inside these mathematical equations to make them complete ?

3. Write out the numerical equation in full written English below.Example = 1. a) 300 x 10 = 3 1 b) two – 300 x 10 = 30__00__ c) three hundred multiplied by ten equals three thousand.

2. 500 x 4 = 2

3. 10 x 50 = 5

4. 1000 / 4 = 25

5. 3 / 3 = 1000

6. 5 / 2 = 2500

7. 10 + 5000 = 15 000

8. 22 + 800 = 1020

9. 7 + 200 = 900

10. 4 / 2 = 2000

11. 2000 – 500 = 15

12. 6 – 1 = 5 900

13. 1 + 5 = 1 000 500

14. 3 / 3 = 1 000 000

15. 1 000 000 / 2 = 500

16. 2 + 700 = 2 000 700

17. 10 000 + 800 = 10 8

18. 40 000 + 5 000 = 45

19. 5 / 5 = 1000

20. 7 – 500 = 6500

21. 75 000 + 5000 = 8

22. 1000 + 550 – 50 = 1 5

23. 30 000 + 50 000 = 8

24. 8000 / 4 = 2

25. 1000 – 750 = 250

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

ANSWERS :

2. a) 500 x 4 = 2__000__ b) three c) five hundred multiplied by four equals two thousand

3. a) 10 x 50 = 5__00__

b) two

c) ten multiplied by fifty equals five hundred

4. a) 1000 / 4 = 25__0__

b) one

c) one thousand divided by four equals two hundred and fifty

5. a) 3 __000__ / 3 = 1000

b) three

c) three thousand divided by three equals one thousand

6. a) 5__ 000__ / 2 = 2500

b) three

c) five thousand divided by two equals two thousand five hundred

7. a) 10 __000__ + 5000 = 15 000

b) three

c) ten thousand plus five thousand equals fifteen thousand

8. a) 22__0__ + 800 = 1020

b) one

c) two hundred and twenty plus eight hundred equals one thousand and twenty

9. a) 7__00__ + 200 = 900

b) two

c) seven hundred plus two hundred equals nine hundred

10. a) 4__000__ / 2 = 2000

b) three

c) four thousand divided by two equals two thousand

11. a) 2000 – 500 = 15__00__

b) two

c) two thousand minus five hudnred equals one thousand and five hundred

12. a) 6000 – 100 = 5 900

b) three

c) six thousand minus one hundred equals five thousand and nine hundred

13. a) 1 __000__ 000 + 5 000 = 1 000 500

b) three

c) one million plus five thousand equals one million and five hundred

14. a) 3 __000 000__ / 3 = 1 000 000

b) six

c) three million divided by three equals one million

15. a) 1 000 000 / 2 = 500 __000__

b) three

c) one million divided by two equals five hundred thousand

16. a) 2 __000 000__ + 700 = 2 000 700

b) six

c) two million plus seven hundred equals two million and seven hundred

17. a) 10 000 + 800 = 10 8__00__

b) two

c) ten thousand plus eight hundred equals ten thousand and eight hundred

18. a) 40 000 + 5 000 = 45 __000__

b) three

c) forty thousand and five thousand equals forty five thousand

19. a) 5__000__ / 5 = 1000

b) three

c) five thousand divided by five equals one thousand

20. a) 7 __000__ – 500 = 6500

b) three

c) seven thousand minus five hundred equals five thousand five hundred

21. a) 75 000 + 5000 = 8__0 000__

b) four

c) seventy five thousand and five thousand equals eighty thousand

22. a) 1000 + 550 – 50 = 1 5__00__

b) two

c) one thousand plus five hundred and fifty equals one thousand and five hundred

23. a) 30 000 + 50 000 = 8__0 000__

b) four

c) thirty thousand plus fifty thousand equals eighty thousand

24. a) 8000 / 4 = 2__000__

b) three

c) eight thousand divided by four equals two thousand

25. a) 1000 – 750 = 25__0__

b) one

c) one thousand minus seven hundred and fifty equals two hundred and fifty