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Adding with negative numbers

A number line is used in this resource, from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, to illustrate how to solve a calculation involving negative numbers. To help correct misconceptions regarding these, the term taking away is used to represent minus and giving back for plus. Thus -8 +6 is read as taking away 8 and giving back 6, which is equivalent to taking away only 2. Practice of using negative numbers is provided by some follow-up exercises.

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