The total is all of a quantity or amount.
|In all, 27 students were going on a field trip. Five students could ride in each car. What was the total number of cars needed?|
|27 / 5 = 5 with a remainder of 2|
|The total number of cars needed was 6|
|Total can also mean "sum" or "to find the sum."|
|The total (sum) of 2 + 3 is 5|
|Total (find the sum of) the following numbers:|
|5 + 3 + 2 + 8|
Related word totality.