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Lesson 6: Addition & subtraction word problems with negatives

Interpreting negative number statements

The examples in this video use negative numbers to represent real world situations. What are these negative numbers really telling us?

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• Now I'm just wondering why the comment section has the reddit up and downvote option.
• dear gosh I hate word problems
• so below=subtraction/negative
• Yes. The numbers below zero are negative/subtraction, and the numbers above are addition/positive.
• yall comented 5 years ago
• guy's let's make a song with comments I'll start btw you have to do this in the hopper avatar
• I understand positives and negatives so idk what to put here
• why was the first question the letter (B)?
• the first question was (B) because the first one had an addition in it and the second was adding negatives which is the same as subtracting. So we won't choose (C) because we found a answer.
``if (x < 0) {    return;}``
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