# SUBTRACTING INTEGERS BY ADDING THE OPPOSITE

Subtracting integers by adding the opposite :

We can use the fact that subtracting an integer is the same as adding its opposite to solve problems.

## Subtracting integers by adding the opposite - Examples

Problem 1 :

Subtract -4 from 7.

Solution :

Step 1 :

7 - (-4)

Rewrite the above subtraction as addition by taking opposite of -4, that is "+4"

7 + (+4)

Step 2 :

In the above addition, the integers 7 and 4 are having same sign, that is positive.

So, find the absolute values of 7 & 4 and add the absolute values.

|7|  =  7 and  |4|  =  4

Sum of the absolute values :

7 + 4  =  11

Step 3 :

Since both the integers 7 and 4 are having the same positive sign, we have to take positive sign to the result.

So, we have 7 + (+4)  =  11

Hence, 7 - (-4)  =  11

Problem 2 :

Subtract -2 from -5.

Solution :

Step 1 :

-5 - (-2)

Rewrite the above subtraction as addition by taking opposite of -2, that is "+2"

-5 + (+2)

Step 2 :

In the above addition, the integers 5 and 2 are having different signs.

So, find the absolute difference of the integers without the actual signs.

|5 - 2|  =  |3|  =  3

Step 3 :

In the two integers 5 and 2, the sign of the bigger integer is negative. So, we have to take negative sign to the answer. That is -3

Hence, -5 - (-2)  =  -3

Problem 3 :

Subtract 4 from -9.

Solution :

Step 1 :

-9 - (4)

Rewrite the above subtraction as addition by taking opposite of 4, that is "-4"

-9 + (-4)

Step 2 :

In the above addition, the integers 9 and 4 are having same sign, that is negative.

So, find the absolute values of -9 & -4 and add the absolute values.

|-9|  =  9 and  |-4|  =  4

Sum of the absolute values :

9 + 4  =  13

Step 3 :

Since both the integers -9 and -4 are having the same negative sign, we have to take negative sign to the result.

So, we have -9 + (-4)  =  -13

Hence, -9 + (-4)  =  13

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