# Algebra 1 : How to subtract integers

## Example Questions

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### Example Question #1 : How To Subtract Integers

What is 4 – (–3)?

12

1

-7

-1

7

7

Explanation:

When subtracting integers, it is important to remember to add the inverse of the second number. In this case 4 – (–3), turns into 4 + (+3), which is 7.

4 – (–3)

4 + 3

7

### Example Question #1 : How To Subtract Integers

Evaluate the following:

Explanation:

When you subtract integers, it is the same thing as adding the inverse of the second integer. You can consider the following:

You can also consider the problem as asking for six less than negative four. This will also get you to the answer of

### Example Question #1 : How To Subtract Integers

Evaluate the following:

Explanation:

When you subtract integers, it is the same thing as adding the inverse of the second integer. You can consider the following:

### Example Question #1 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a simple subtraction problem involving two positive numbers.

is greater than ; therefore, we will treat this operation as a normal subtraction problem.

### Example Question #2 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a simple subtraction problem involving two positive numbers.

is greater than ; therefore, we will treat this operation as a normal subtraction problem.

### Example Question #2 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a simple subtraction problem involving two positive numbers.

The numbers are the same with diferent signs; therefore, their difference is .

### Example Question #4 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a complex subtraction problem involving two negative numbers.

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding a positive number. Rewrite.

Since  is greater than  and is positive, the answer is positive. We will treat this operation as a subtraction problem.

### Example Question #3 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a complex subtraction problem involving two negative numbers.

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding a positive number. Rewrite.

Since  is greater than  and is negative, the answer is negative. We will treat this operation as a subtraction problem.

### Example Question #1 : How To Subtract Integers

Simplify.

Explanation:

This is a complex subtraction problem involving two negative numbers.

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding a positive number. Rewrite.

The numbers are the same with diferent signs; therefore, their difference is .

Simplify.