Step 2: How to Add integers

Adding integers is similar to adding whole numbers, but integers can be positive or negative. To add two negetive integers, you add the same way as you would add whole numbers, but place a negative sign in front of the answer. Adding positive and negative integers can get more tricky. To do that, you subtract the larger number from the ,smaller one. Then you keep the sign from the number with the greatest common value. That means the larger number without taking the negetive into account. Ex. |5| (the absolute value of 5) is equal to 5, and |-7| is equal to 7. then you get your answer. Ex, -6+3=-3. subtract 3 from 6 and keep the negative because |-6| is greater than |3|. If you have any questions or if I have mislabeled or spelled something wrong please leave a comment. Thank You.


1. -8+3
2. 3+(-5) (ignore the parenthesis, They just mean it is plus negative 5)
3. -6+(-2)
4. -2+1
5. 5+(-3)
oh really? im in 9th grade right now, and i am doing 11 grade math right now, top of my class! i dont really need help adding though! :P couple of the sophmores in my class do though! :P
i saw this and i started laughing. it is just really wierd to see something that says "how to add" because this is a site for over thirteens only. but i see what you mean.
meh... its ok but you missed out decimals, ratios (even though you need to round down) and a lot of other things. 5 steps isn't rly enough to get the full adding thing...
But still, I spent 3 hours typing and finding pictures. 5 types of adding is good for now.
Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

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