anonymous
  • anonymous
Why is it that 5-(-3)=8?
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chestercat
  • chestercat
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Think of it as a number line.
Luigi0210
  • Luigi0210
Well the two negatives turn into positives.
anonymous
  • anonymous
-5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
Any ideas?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Listen to skull
anonymous
  • anonymous
Nope
anonymous
  • anonymous
:P
anonymous
  • anonymous
because two negative symbols together are like a + you add
anonymous
  • anonymous
I need a clear explanation bc I am super confused
skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
Subtraction is adding the opposite.
skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
$$\huge a-b=a+(-b)$$
anonymous
  • anonymous
ashja, the two symbols -(-) together like that with numbers means that they are now like adding. The -(-) is now a +
skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
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skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok so, if -(-x) turns into + then would something like -3-(-6) turn into... -3+6 ?
skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
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skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
Yes -3-(-6) turn into... -3+6
anonymous
  • anonymous
I understand now! Thanks everyone :)
skullpatrol
  • skullpatrol
Thanks for learning
anonymous
  • anonymous
no problem! I had issues with that as well
anonymous
  • anonymous
subtraction is defined as addition of the opposite. what's the opposite of (-3)? that's what you add to 5 to get your answer.

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