
Introduction to Negative Numbers (page 1 of 4) Sections: Introduction, Adding and subtracting, Multiplying and dividing, Negatives and exponents When you first learned
your numbers, way back in elementary school, you started with the counting
numbers: 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and
so on. Your number line looked something like this: This might seem a bit weird at first, but that's okay; negatives take some getting used to. Let's look at a few inequalities, to practice your understanding. Refer to the number line above, as necessary.
Look at the number line: Since 6 is to the right of 3, then 6 is larger, so the correct inequality is: 3 < 6
Look at the number line: Every positive number is to the right of every negative number, so the correct inequality is: Copyright © Elizabeth Stapel 19992011 All Rights Reserved –3 < 6
Look at the number line: Since –6 is to the left of –3, then –3, being further to the right, is actually the larger number. So the correct inequality is: –3 > –6
Zero is less than any positive number, so: 0 < 1
Zero is greater than any negative number, so: 0 > –1 Top  1  2  3  4  Return to Index Next >>


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