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# What do you get when you add a positive and negative number?

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First, subtract the absolute values of the integers, then use the greater absolute value's sign.

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That depends on the values of the given numbers but a positive number multiplied by a negative number will be negative

You get a positive number because a negative number reverses the other negative so it becomes a positive number.

Multiply it by another negative number. Or add a higher positive number to it.

If you are adding a positive number, then this is the same as normal addition. For instance, 4 add positive 5 is 9. negative 1 add positive 8 is 7. If you are adding a negative number, then this is the same as subtracting that number. For instance 6 add negative 1 is 5. negative 7 add negative 2 is negative 9.

a negative minus a positive is like addition, you take the negative add the positive, then make that number a negative.Example-5 - 4add them5 + 4= 9make that number a negative= -9

No. When you add a positive and negative number, the bigger one determines the sign of the result. For example, when you add -5 and 3, the result will be negative because the negative number is larger. When you add -4 and 6, the result will be positive because the positive number is larger.

the answer could be negative or positive depending on whether the negative number you're adding is bigger than the positive number

It depends on what you do with the negative and positive. If you multiply or divide a positive number and a negative number, then the answer is negative. If you add or subtract a positive number and a negative number, the answer could be negative or positive depending on the numbers involved. If you put a negative sign in front of a positive number, the result is a negative number. If you put a positive sign in front of a negative number (like +(-7)), the result is still negative.

Adding a negative number to a negative number makes a larger negative. In order to solve this you add the numbers together as a positive then add a negative sign.

Because positive numbers are to the right of negative numbers on the number line. If you have two numbers, one the negative of the other, and you add the positive to the negative, you get zero. If you add the positive to zero, you get a positive number. So positive numbers are an increase from zero, which is an increase from negative numbers. A negative number may have a greater absolute value than a positive number, but it will always be less than a positive number.

If you add a negative number to a positive number, then it's pretty much subtraction. For instance, -5 + 7 is the same as 7-5.

A negative times a positive is always a negative. The rest is the same: just multiply as if they are both positive numbers and then add the negative sign at the end.

the answer is negative number It depends on the second number because in 6minus-7. the seven would turn positive and therefore the answer is positive. Because you would add the opposite.

if the modulus (just the value ignoring the signs) of the negative number is larger than the positive number, adding the two will get you a negative number, if the positive number is larger, than modulus of a negative number you will have a positive. Can be easily demonstrated on a number line. yes

It can be positive, negative, or zero, depending what numbers you add. for example, -5 + 3=-2 but -3 +5=+2

If the negative number is bigger then the answer will be negative If the bigger number is positive then the answer will be positive. All you do is subtract the two numbers and take the sign of the bigger number Ex (+2)+(-7)=(-5)

(positive number) x (positive number) = positive number (positive number)/(positive number) = positive number (positive number) x ( negative number) = negative number (positive number)/( negative number) = negative number (negative number) x (negative number) = positive number (negative number)/(negative number) = positive number

It does not always become negative , only if the negative number is greater then the positive number. Ex:-5 + 6 = 1 -6 + 5 = -1

you make it a positive because negative add negative becomes a positive

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