Negative numbers are fundamental and useful mathematical ideas. They may be difficult to understand at first. Problems with negative numbers are common among school math learners. Students must know the basic facts about negative numbers. It is also equally important to practice math problems involving negative numbers.

Notion of opposites is very common to our experience. Word pairs like up and down, forward and backward, increase and decrease etc. are used to express opposites. In math + and – signs are used with numbers to express opposites. Any two exact opposites nullify each other to give a zero sum.

–3 + 3 = 0

–8 + 8 = 0

A number line is a geometric representation of positive numbers and their opposite negative numbers. It begins at zero and extends indefinitely either way. See that negative numbers are only to the left of zero and positive numbers only to the right of it. Continue reading “Negative Numbers are Opposites” →