Algebra

# When you add a positive and a negative what does it become?

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

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

positive is to add and negative is to subtract in math

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.

If you subtract a negative from a positive, add both of their absolute values. If you subtract a positive from a negative, add both of their absolute values and multiply by negative one.

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

when you add two positive integers the answer is always positive when you add two negative integers the answer is positive when you add one negative and on positive integer, the answer is negative subtracting two negative numbers gets a negative answer subtracting two positive numbers- the answer depends subtracting a negative and positive number- the answer depends, the positive number would have to be bigger than the negative to achieve a negative number, and if the positive number is less, than the answer is still negative

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.

When you add: a negative and a negative: you get a negative a positive and a positive: you get a positive a positive and a negative or a negative and a positive: Subtract the addend with the smaller value from the greater one. If the greater one is positive, your answer will be positive. If the greater addend is negative, your answer will be negative.

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

Yes. A negative subtracted by a negative is a positive. Just remember that two like signs become a positive sign, and two unlike signs become a negative sign.

It depends on what you are doing to the two identical numbers. If you are multiplying them, it becomes a negative. If you are dividing them, it becomes a negative. If you are adding them, it will always be zero (e.g., 2+ -2 = 0, etc.). There are two ways to subtract. If you are subtracting a positive from a negative, the number remains negative. If you are subtracting a negative from a positive, or a negative from a negative, the negative becomes a positive and you just add from there.

multiply it by zero, or add its inverse {the negative of the number} Note that the inverse of a negative number is positive.

positive + positive = add (e.g. 2 + 1 = 3)positive + negative = take (e.g. 2 + -1 = 2 - 1 = 1)positive - positive = take (e.g. 2 - 1 = 1)positive - negative = add (e.g. 2 - -1 = 2 + 1 = 3)negative + positive = add (e.g. -2 + 1 = -1)negative + negative = take (e.g. -2 + -1 = -2 - 1 = -3)negative - positive = take (e.g. -2 - 1 = -3)negative - negative = add (e.g. -2 - -1 = -2 + 1 = -1)

Numbers are positive unless they have a minus sign (-) in front of them, in which case they are negative. As for the sum of positive and negative numbers, just add them up and find out. Add the positive, subtract the negative. It's very logical.

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

If I understand your question correctly, then the answer is negative because if you add positive 3 to negative 8 the answer is negative 5.

Positive plus positive equals positive. Negative plus negative equals negative. Positive greater than negative equals positive. Negative greater than positive equals negative.

Adding a negative amount is equivalent to subtracting a positive amount.

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.

When we lose something negative you become positive.