Subtraction of Natural Numbers

a - b = c

The terms involved in a subtraction are called: the minuend, a, and the subtrahend, b. The result, c, is called the difference.

Properties of the Subtraction of Natural Numbers

1. No closure:

The result of subtracting two natural numbers is not always another natural number.

2 − 5 No perteneceConjunto de los números naturales

2. No commutative:

5 − 2 ≠ 2 − 5