# Number Line Model: Adding and Subtracting of Signed Integers

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**Published:**April 28, 2012

Watch out! The negative of a negative is the opposite positive number. That is, for real numbers, -(-a) = +a

Here's how to add two positive integers:

4 + 7 = ?

If you start at positive four on the number line and move seven units to the right, you end up at positive eleven. Also, these integers have the same sign, so you can just keep the sign and add their absolute values, to get the same answer, positive eleven. Here's how to add two negative integers:

-4 + (-8) = ?

If you start at negative four on the number line and move eight units to the left, you end up at negative twelve. Also, these integers have the same sign, so you can just keep the negative sign and add their absolute values, to get the same answer, negative twelve. Here's how to add a positive integer to a negative integer:

-3 + 6 = ?

If you start at negative three on the real number line and move six units to the right, you end up at positive three. Also, these integers have different signs, so keep the sign from the integer having the greatest absolute value and subtract the smallest absolute value from the largest. Subtract three from six and keep the positive sign, again giving positive three. Here's how to add a negative integer to a positive integer: 5 + (-8) = ?

If you start at positive five on the real number line and move eight units to the left, you end up at negative three. Also, these integers have different...

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