Match each statement (term) with its value in relation to 0 (definition).
A building is 38 feet tall.
The scuba diver was 38 feet below sea level.
The basement is 8.3 feet below ground.
Oliver owes his sister $27.
Erica jumped 2.7 feet above ground.
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Use positive numbers for tall, and above ground.
Use negative numbers for money owed, below ground, and below sea level.
Oh I get it now!! Thank you so much!
Look at the figure above.
Think of ground level as being zero on a vertical (up and down) number line.
Anything above ground is a positive number.
Anything below ground is a negative number.
The same is true fro sea level.
Sea level is zero on a vertical number line.
The sail of a boat that is 20 ft above sea level is represented by 20 ft.
A scuba diver who dives to a depth of 38 ft below sea level is at -38 ft.
You can also use positive and negative amounts to represent money.
Money you have is positive.
Money you owe is negative.
For example, in one pocket you have $5.
In your other pocket you have $7.
In your piggy bank you have $12.
You owe your friend $3.
How much total money do you really have?
Add all the amounts, but call the amounts you own positive and the amount you owe negative.
Amounts you have: $5, $7, $12
Amount you owe: -$3
Now add all the amounts (being careful with positive and negative signs):
$5 + $7 + $12 + (-$3) = $5 + $7 + $12 - $3 = $24 - $3 = $21