- The sign of the answer will match the sign of the "bigger" number.
- Subtract the absolute value of the numbers.

- The sign of the answer will be negative.
- Add the absolute values of the numbers.

Negative numbers and positive numbers are opposites and when you add them together, they cancel each other out.

I like to use fire and ice as an analogy to understand why negative numbers are added the way they are.

The fire represents a positive number and the ice represents a negative number. When you put a fire and a block of ice together, the fire melts the ice and the water puts out the fire, neutralizing both.

\(-5+3=-2\)

\(-1+4=3\)

\(-2+-5=-7\)

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