How Do You Subtract a Negative Number from a Positive Number?

How Do You Subtract a Negative Number from a Positive Number?

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Subtracting a negative from a positive? Just remember: subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive. See how it works in this tutorial!

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Background Tutorials

Understand p + q as the number located a distance |q| from p, in the positive or negative direction depending on whether q is positive or negative. Show that a number and its opposite have a sum of 0 (are additive inverses). Interpret sums of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.

How do you combine a positive and a negative number? This tutorial shows you how. You even get to see it explained with a number line!

Further Exploration

Understand p + q as the number located a distance |q| from p, in the positive or negative direction depending on whether q is positive or negative. Show that a number and its opposite have a sum of 0 (are additive inverses). Interpret sums of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.