OpenStudy (anonymous):

Why is it that 5-(-3)=8?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Think of it as a number line.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (luigi0210):

Well the two negatives turn into positives.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

-5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (skullpatrol):

Any ideas?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Listen to skull

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Nope

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

:P

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

because two negative symbols together are like a + you add

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I need a clear explanation bc I am super confused

5 years ago
OpenStudy (skullpatrol):

Subtraction is adding the opposite.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (skullpatrol):

$$\huge a-b=a+(-b)$$

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

ashja, the two symbols -(-) together like that with numbers means that they are now like adding. The -(-) is now a +

5 years ago
OpenStudy (skullpatrol):

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5 years ago