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Adding/Subtracting negative numbers

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    Welcome to the presentation
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    on adding and subtracting negative numbers.
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    So let's get started.
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    So what is a negative number, first of all?
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    Well, let me draw a number line.
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    Well it's not much of a line,
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    but I think you'll get the picture.
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    So we're used to the positive numbers, so if that's 0
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    you have one, you have 2, you have 3, you have 4
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    and you keep going.
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    And if I were to say what's 2+2
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    you'd start at 2, and then you'd add 2
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    you'd get to 4.
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    I mean most of us it's second nature.
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    But if you actually drew it on a number line,
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    you'd say 2+2=4
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    And if I asked you what's 2-1
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    or let's say what's 3-2
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    If you start at 3 and you subtracted 2
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    you would end up at 1
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    That's 2+2=4, and 3-2=1
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    And this is a joke for you.
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    Now what if I were to say what is 1-3?
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    Huh.
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    Well, it's the same thing.
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    You start at 1 and we're going to go 1--
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    well, now we're going to go below 0
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    what happens below 0?
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    Well then you start going to the negative numbers.
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    -1, -2, -3, and so on.
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    So if I start at 1 right here, so 1-3
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    so I go 1,2,3, I end up at -2
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    So 1-3=-2
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    This is something that you're probably already doing
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    in your everyday life
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    If I were to tell you that
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    boy, it's very cold today, it's one degree,
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    but tomorrow it's going to be three degrees colder,
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    you might already know intuitively,
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    well then we're going to be
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    at a temperature of negative two degrees.
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    So that's all a negative number means.
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    And just remember when a negative number is big,
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    so like -50, that's actually colder than -20, right?
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    So a -50 is actually even a smaller number than -20
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    because it's even further to the left of -20
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    That's just something you'll get an intuitive feel for.
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    Sometimes when you start you feel like
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    oh, 50 is a bigger number than 20
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    but it's a -50 as opposed to a 50
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    So let's do some problems,
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    and I'm going to keep using the number line
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    because I think it's useful
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    So let's do the problem 5-12
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    I think you already might have an intuition
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    of what this equals.
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    But let me draw a line, 5-12
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    So let me start with -10, -9, -8--
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    I think I'm going to run out of space-- -7, -6, -5
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    I should have this pre-drawn -- -4, -3, -2, -1
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    0,1,2,3,4, and I'll put 5 right here.
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    I'm gonna push this arrow out a little bit. Okay.
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    5-12
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    So if we start at 5-- let me use a different color--
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    we start at 5 right here and we're going to go to the left 12
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    because we're subtracting 12
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    So then we go 1,2,3...
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    Negative 7
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    That's pretty interesting.
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    Because it also happens to be
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    that 12 - 5 = +7
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    So, I want you to think a little bit about why that is.
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    Why the difference between 12 and 5 is 7,
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    and the difference between
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    -- well, I guess it's either way.
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    In this situation we're also saying
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    that the difference between 5 and 12 is -7,
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    but the numbers are that far apart,
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    but now we're starting with the lower number.
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    I think that last sentence just completely confused you,
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    but we'll keep moving forward.
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    We just said 5-12=-7
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    Let's do another one.
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    What's -3+5?
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    Well, let's use the same number line.
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    Let's go to -3 plus 5
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    So we're going to go to the right 5
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    One, two, three, four, five.
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    It's a two.
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    It equals two.
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    So -3 + 5 = 2
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    That's interesting because 5 - 3 is also equal to 2
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    Well, it turns out that 5 - 3 is the same thing,
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    it's just another way of writing 5 plus -3
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    or -3 plus 5
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    A general, easy way to always do negative numbers
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    is it's just like regular addition and subtraction,
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    but now when we subtract
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    we can go to the left below zero
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    Let's do another one.
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    So what happens when you get
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    let's say, 2 minus -3?
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    Well, if you think about how it should work out,
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    I think this will make sense.
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    But it turns out that the negative number,
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    the negative signs actually cancel out.
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    So this is the same thing as 2 plus +3
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    and that just equals 5
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    Another way you could say is-- let's do another one--
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    what is -7 minus -2?
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    Well that's the same thing as -7 + 2
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    And remember, so we're doing to start at -7
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    and we're going to move 2 to the right.
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    So if we move 1 to the right we go to -6
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    and then we move 2 to the right we get -5
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    That makes sense because -7 + 2
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    that's the same thing as 2 - 7
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    If it's two degrees and
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    it gets seven degrees colder, it's -5
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    Let's do a bunch of these.
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    I think the more you do, the more practice you have,
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    and the modules explain it pretty well.
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    Probably better than I do.
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    So let's just do a ton of problems.
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    So if I said -7 - 3
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    Well, now we're going to go 3 to the left of -7
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    We're going to get 3 less than -7
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    so that's -10, right?
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    That makes sense, because if we had 7 + 3
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    we're at 7 to the right of 0
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    and we're going to go 3 more to the right of 0
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    and we get positive 10
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    So for 7 to the left of 0 and go 3 more to the left,
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    we're going to get -10
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    Let's do a bunch more.
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    I know I'm probably confusing you,
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    but practice is what's going to really help us.
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    So let's say 3 minus -3
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    well, these negatives cancel out,
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    so that just equals 6
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    What's 3-3?
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    Well, 3-3, that's easy.
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    That's just 0
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    What's -3 nimus 3?
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    Well now we're going to get 3 less than -3
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    well that's -6
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    What's -3 minus -3
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    Interesting.
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    Well, the minuses cancel out, so you get -3 plus 3
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    Well, if we start 3 to the left of 0 and we move 3 to the right,
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    we end up at 0 again.
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    So that makes sense, right?
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    Let me do that again.
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    -3 minus -3
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    Anything minus itself should equal 0, right?
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    That's why that equals 0
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    And that's why it makes sense that
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    those two negatives cancel out
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    and that's the same thing as this.
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    Let's do a bunch more.
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    Let's do 12 - 13
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    That's pretty easy.
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    Well, 12 - 12 = 0, so12 - 13 = -1
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    because we're going to go 1 the left of 0
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    Let's do 8 - 5
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    Well, this one is just a normal problem, that's 3
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    What's 5 - 8?
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    Well, we're going to go all the way to 0
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    and then 3 more to the left of 0, so it's -3
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    I could draw a number line here.
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    If this is 0, this is 5
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    and now we're going to go to left 8,
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    then we end up at -3
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    You could do that for all of these.
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    That actually might be a good exercise.
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    I think this will give you good introduction
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    and I recommend that you just do the modules,
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    because the modules actually
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    especially if you do the hints
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    it has a pretty nice graphic
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    that's a lot nicer than
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    anything I could draw on this chalkboard.
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    So, try that out
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    and I'm going to try to record some more modules
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    that hopefully won't confuse you as badly.
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    You could also attend the seminar
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    on adding and subtracting negative numbers.
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    I hope you have fun!
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    Bye.
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Adding/Subtracting negative numbers
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Adding and subtracting negative numbers

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