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### Adding Integers

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- On the number line, start at the first number
- Use the second number to move spaces
- If it is a positive number, move to the right
- If it is a negative number, move to the left
- The number you land on is the answer
- Remember that opposites add to zero
- If both numbers are the same sign, then add the numbers and keep that sign
- If they are opposite signs, then find the difference of their absolute values and take the sign of the greater number

### Adding Integers

- 9 + - 15

- 1 + - 5

16 + - 8

- 16 + 2

3 + - 20

- |16| = 16
- |−5| = 5
- 16 + 5

- |−12| = 12
- |−9| = 9
- 12 + 9

*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.

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### Adding Integers

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- Intro 0:00
- Using a Number Line 0:04
- Example: 4 + (-2)
- Example: 5 + (-8)
- How to Add Integers 3:00
- Opposites Add to Zero
- Adding Same Sign Numbers
- Adding Opposite Signs Numbers
- Extra Example 1: Add the Integers 8:21
- Extra Example 2: Find the Sum 10:33
- Extra Example 3: Find the Value 11:37
- Extra Example 4: Add the Integers 13:10

### Basic Math Online Course

### Transcription: Adding Integers

*Welcome back to Educator.com; this lesson is on adding integers.*0000

*To use a number line, we can add integers using a number line here.*0007

*What we are going to do is start with the first number.*0012

*If I give you a problem, 4 plus -2.*0014

*I am going to start off at this number right here, 4.*0023

*Let me just write out the numbers on this number line.*0026

*Here is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4; I can just do a few more on this side.*0028

*Here are my negatives; this is -4.*0037

*I start at this first number 4; 4 is right here.*0045

*I am going to start right here and then use the second number to move spaces.*0051

*This number right here is how many spaces I am going to move.*0061

*If it is positive, I am going to move to the right because this is the positive direction.*0064

*If it is negative, I am going to move to the left because left is always negative.*0073

*Since I have a negative number, -2, I am going to be moving to the left two spaces.*0078

*The negative and the positive is to just see which direction you are going to go, to the right or to the left.*0085

*I am going to move this many number of spaces.*0092

*We are starting at 4, moving to the left two spaces.*0095

*I am going to go 1, 2; his is where I land.*0099

*This number right here is 2; my answer is 2.*0104

*Let's do another example; if I have let's say 5 plus -8.*0111

*Again I am going to start off at 5; here is 5 right here; I start right here.*0122

*I am going to move 8 spaces to the left because it is negative.*0129

*Negative is going to make me go left.*0134

*If this was a positive, I would move 8 spaces to the right.*0136

*8 spaces to the left is going to be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.*0142

*This is where I am going to land.*0151

*That is -3 because it is -1, -2, -3.*0154

*The number I land on is the answer; my answer here is -3.*0157

*That is how you use a number line to add integers together.*0164

*Again integers are all positive and negative whole numbers.*0168

*No decimals, no fractions, just whole numbers and their opposites.*0174

*Another way to add integers without using the number line... first let's remember that opposites add to 0.*0183

*If I have +5 and I have a -5, then they are going to become 0.*0194

*A 5 plus a -5 equals 0; 5 and -5 are opposites.*0203

*As long as they are opposites, if I add opposites together, then my answer becomes 0.*0210

*If both numbers are the same sign, then you are going to add the numbers and keep that sign.*0219

*If they are opposite signs, we will talk about that in a second.*0225

*But let's do an example of this one--if I have -2 plus -3.*0229

*They are both negative; they have the same sign.*0238

*This is negative and this is negative.*0240

*I am just going to add up the numbers and I am going to keep that sign.*0245

*My answer is -5.*0250

*If I have -1 plus -10, then my answer is -11.*0253

*As long as I have the same sign, I am adding two numbers to the same sign,*0260

*then I am just going to add it and keep that sign; that is it.*0265

*Same thing goes with positive numbers.*0269

*If I have 3 plus 6, this is a positive number and this is a positive number.*0271

*We know that 3 plus 6 is 9; +9; you kept the same sign.*0278

*If the signs are opposite, the two numbers that you are adding together have opposite signs, then that becomes a little tricky.*0285

*If I have 2 plus a -3, this one I know is a positive number because integers can only be positive or negative.*0294

*There is no negative sign here so I know it is positive.*0306

*It is +2 plus a -3.*0308

*Since they are opposites, what I am going to do is take the absolute value of both numbers.*0313

*The absolute value, if you don't remember absolute value, then take a look at the lesson right before.*0321

*Absolute value asks me for the distance from 0.*0326

*On the number line, how far away is 2 from 0?*0333

*I know it is 2; the absolute value of 2 is 2.*0336

*The absolute value of this is 3.*0340

*I am actually going to take their absolute values... or I am going to subtract them.*0348

*Basically I am going to just do 3... because the absolute value of -3 is 3... and -2.*0357

*I am going to find the difference; that becomes 1; 3 minus 2 is 1.*0364

*You are going to keep the sign of the number that is greater, with the greater absolute value.*0372

*For this one, this has a negative sign.*0380

*I am going to keep that negative sign; this is a little confusing.*0384

*But just keep in mind that when you have the same sign,*0387

*then it is like you are adding the two numbers and you are keeping that sign.*0392

*When you have opposite signs, it is like you subtract the numbers.*0395

*Then you take on the sign with the greater absolute value.*0400

*Another way you can do this is think of positive numbers as dogs.*0409

*I like to use dogs and cats; you can use anything.*0416

*You can use stars; you can use different colors.*0419

*Let's say positive numbers are like dogs and negative numbers are cats.*0429

*If I am adding dogs and cats together, I am going to add a D for dog and C for cat.*0436

*It is going to be dog and a dog because there is 2 of them, and then 3 cats.*0442

*That is cat, cat, and cat; because it is -3, it is 3 cats.*0447

*Each dog and cat cancels out; they are like opposites, add to 0.*0453

*Dog and cat cancels out; these cancel out; what do I have left?*0460

*I have 1 cat; remember a cat is a negative number; it is a -1.*0465

*I can also use colors.*0472

*If I have a positive, then let's say I am going to use blue.*0475

*Blue circle, blue circle; -3 is going to be red circles.*0478

*Each time I have a blue and a red, I am going to cancel it out; cancel it out.*0488

*What do I have left?--1 red; that makes a negative.*0494

*Let's do a few more examples; add the integers.*0501

*If I have -4 plus -2, I am adding two negative numbers together.*0507

*You can just add up the two numbers and keep the same sign.*0516

*-4 plus -2 is going to be -6.*0520

*If I want to draw it out, -4... red circles because it is negative; -4 plus a -2.*0529

*I don't cancel this out because I only cancel out a blue and a red or opposites.*0541

*These are not opposites; they are the same.*0547

*I can't cancel them; instead I have to add them all together.*0549

*1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; 6 and it is red; it is -6.*0553

*Next one, I have -3 plus 8; 3, negative, that is red.*0559

*Then +8; +8 is blue; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.*0571

*The blue and the red cancels out; cancels out; cancels out.*0582

*Then I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 left; blue is positive; it is +5.*0589

*I can leave it like this; or I can write +5.*0598

*Again another way to think of this, you can take the absolute value of each number.*0603

*The absolute value of this is going to be 3.*0608

*The absolute value of this is 8; I just find the difference.*0611

*I subtract them; I can just do 8 minus 3 is 5.*0616

*I take on the sign of the greater number which is 8.*0623

*That is a positive so this becomes a positive.*0629

*The next couple of examples; find the sum; that just means to add them up.*0634

*-15 plus -10; we have a negative number and a negative number.*0639

*I just add them up; my answer is also a negative number, -25.*0650

*The next one, I have a positive number and a negative number.*0660

*Again I take the absolute value.*0666

*I am just going to think of both of these as positive numbers; 37 minus 25 which is 12.*0667

*I take the sign of this number because 37 is bigger than 25.*0680

*That has a sign of negative.*0690

*That means I am going to give this that same sign.*0691

*It is going to be -12.*0694

*Find the value; this one right here, I am looking for x.*0699

*To find x here, -2 plus something is going to give me -7.*0703

*-2 plus what is going to give me -7?*0711

*If I give myself 5 circles or 5 cats, what do I have to add to this?*0722

*Plus what is going to give me 7?--how many more do I need?*0730

*I have 5 here; I have 7 here; how many more do I need?*0738

*I need 2 more, 2 more red.*0744

*That is -2 because red I know is negative; I have to add -2 more.*0748

*The next example, the absolute value of 15 plus the absolute value of -9.*0761

*The absolute value of 15 is 15; the absolute value of -9 is 9.*0767

*My answer is 24; that is a positive.*0778

*Again if it is a positive number, you don't have to write the plus sign, the positive sign.*0784

*You can just leave it as 24.*0788

*The next couple, add the integers.*0791

*Again we have a negative number here plus a negative number here.*0796

*As long as they have the same sign... in this case, they both have a negative sign.*0800

*Then we can just add the numbers together, 12 and 20.*0807

*Or you can add the absolute values together.*0813

*It is 12 plus 20 which is 32.*0815

*You are going to give it the same sign.*0820

*Negative plus a negative equals a negative; -12 plus -20 equals -32.*0823

*The next one, 8 plus -6.*0831

*Again 8 is a positive number even though there is no sign written there*0834

*because numbers can only be positive or negative.*0838

*We know it is not negative so it has to be positive... plus a negative number.*0842

*Again if I want to draw a visual representation of this, this is going to be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.*0851

*The blue represents the positive number; that is +8.*0862

*My red is going to represent the negative number, -6; 3, 4, 5, 6, *0867

*Each time I have a blue and a red, an opposite, I am going to cancel it out.*0875

*All of these cancel out; what do I have left?--2.*0880

*That is positive because blue is positive; it is +2.*0887

*Or you can just take the absolute value of these numbers.*0893

*The absolute value of 8 is 8; the absolute value of -6 is 6.*0897

*We are going to subtract those numbers; 8 minus 6 is going to be 2.*0903

*This is only when the signs are opposite; so 2.*0909

*Then this was an absolute value of 8 and this was 6.*0914

*The bigger number is 8; that has a sign of positive.*0920

*You are going to give that same sign to the answer which is 2.*0925

*It is going to become +2.*0932

*Again you take the absolute value of each number; subtract them.*0935

*It is 8 minus 6 because absolute value of 8 is 8.*0939

*Absolute value of -6 is 6; 8 minus 6 is 2.*0944

*Then you are going to give it the same sign as the bigger number.*0948

*That is a positive; your answer becomes +2.*0955

*That is it for this lesson on adding integers.*0960

*We will see you next time; thank you for watching Educator.com.*0963

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Last reply by: mohamed bulhan

Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:50 PM

Post by Noor Mohammad ibrahimi on August 15, 2013

In Adding integers in extra example 3: find the Value: there is an example as follow:

15 + - 9 = 24

I think the answer should be = 6

please let me know if I wrong.

thanks,

Noor

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Post by Jeanette Akers on October 22, 2012

This is a GREAT visual presentation. MANY years ago I tried to explain how to add and subtract integers to an 8th grade and failed miserably. Had I explained it the way this presentation does, the child would probably have understood how to do this.

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Last reply by: Milan Ray

Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:43 PM

Post by judy lee on August 22, 2011

I am having struggles with adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers.

Can you help?