Quandaries and Queries


Who is asking: Student
Level: Middle

46 + -24 =
-38 + -22 =
19 - 20 =



Hi Billy,

Think about starting at zero and taking a number of steps along the number line where a positive number means you step to the right and a negative number means you step to the left. In your third problem you take 19 steps to the right then 20 steps to the left.

You finish at -1 so

19 - 20 = -1

Now try the second problem. If you start at zero and take 38 steps to the left then a further 22 steps to the left where do you finish?

Now try problem 1.