# Question: Why Do You Add When Subtracting A Negative Number?

## What happens when you subtract from a negative number?

Rule 3: Subtracting a negative number from a negative number – a minus sign followed by a negative sign, turns the two signs into a plus sign.

So, instead of subtracting a negative, you are adding a positive.

Basically, – (-4) becomes +4, and then you add the numbers..

## How do you explain adding negative numbers?

When you are adding a negative number to a negative number, it becomes subtraction, where you start from a negative point on the numbers line and move left. For example, -3 + (-2). This reads “negative three plus negative 2”.

## What happens when you add two negative numbers?

When you have two negative signs, one turns over, and they add together to make a positive. If you have a positive and a negative, there is one dash left over, and the answer is negative.

## Why do 2 negatives make a positive?

When you multiply a negative by a negative you get a positive, because the two negative signs are cancelled out.

## Why subtracting a negative is the same as adding?

Subtracting a number is the same as adding its opposite. So, subtracting a positive number is like adding a negative; you move to the left on the number line. Subtracting a negative number is like adding a positive; you move to the right on the number line.

## What is the rule for adding and subtracting negative numbers?

When adding positive numbers, count to the right. When adding negative numbers, count to the left. When subtracting positive numbers, count to the left. When subtracting negative numbers, count to the right.

## What does a negative plus a positive give you?

Multiplication and Division If two positive numbers are multiplied together or divided, the answer is positive. If two negative numbers are multiplied together or divided, the answer is positive. If a positive and a negative number are multiplied or divided, the answer is negative.

## Do you add two negative numbers?

Adding two negative numbers together? Just add the absolute value of each number together, put a negative sign in front, and you have your answer!

## How do you teach subtracting negative numbers?

If you add a cold cube (add a negative number), the temperature goes down. If you remove a hot cube (subtract a positive number), the temperature goes down. And if you remove a cold cube (subtract a negative number), the temperature goes UP! That is, subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive.

## What is the rule for adding subtracting multiplying and dividing?

Order of operations tells you to perform multiplication and division first, working from left to right, before doing addition and subtraction. Continue to perform multiplication and division from left to right. Next, add and subtract from left to right.

## What are the rules for adding subtracting multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers?

The rule for multiplying and dividing is very similar to the rule for adding and subtracting.When the signs are different the answer is negative.When the signs are the same the answer is positive.

## What are the rules for adding and subtracting integers?

To add integers having the same sign, keep the same sign and add the absolute value of each number. To add integers with different signs, keep the sign of the number with the largest absolute value and subtract the smallest absolute value from the largest. Subtract an integer by adding its opposite.

## What does a positive times a negative equal?

Rule 2: A negative number times a positive number equals a negative number. When you multiply a negative number to a positive number, your answer is a negative number. It doesn’t matter which order the positive and negative numbers are in that you are multiplying, the answer is always a negative number.