Negative numbers and absolute value

Adding and subtracting negative numbers

You understand that negative numbers represent how far we are "below zero". Now you are ready to add and subtract them! In this tutorial, we will explain, give examples, and give practice adding and subtracting negative numbers. This is a super-important concept for the rest of your mathematical career so, no pressure, learn it as well as you can!

Absolute value

You'll find absolute value absolutely straightforward--it is just the "distance from zero." If you have a positive number, it is its own absolute value. If you have a negative number, just make it positive to get the absolute value. As you'll see as you develop mathematically, this idea will eventually extend to more contexts and dimensions, so it's super important that you understand this core concept now.