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From: Teresa Fusco To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2002111911:34:47 Subject: subtracting a negative (4   2 = 6) A new way I learned to "see" how subtracting a negative is adding a positive is: 4   2 = 6 Draw +1 in a circle for each of the first number (or whatever sign applies to another set of numbers in your problem), so in my example you have four small circles with +1 inside. Now, you can not take away any negatives because you only have positives. However, +1 and 1 added together equal zero, so add two sets (I am going to need 2 negatives in MY problem, yo need to see how many are needed in different problems) of +1 1 to your set of four +1's from above. Now, you have four +1's and two +1's and two 1's. If you cicle and pull out two 1's (which is subtracting 2) you are left with the four +1's and the two +1's which equals +6 which is the answer! get it?
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