A drill began digging a well 48 3/5 feet above sea level.When the work was complete,the drill had dug in to the ground to a depth of 12 1/2 feet below sea level.How far did the drill dig in all?

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so final height - initial height = distance.
Think sea level as 0, so
-12 1/2 - 48 3/5 = ?

and then take the absolute value of the answer, because distance can't be negative.

Wait...wouldn't it be 48 3/5 - -12 1/2?

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