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## Adding & Subtracting Integers Calculator

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INTRO

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When it comes to adding and subtracting integers, we like to imagine we’re digging and filling to help us keep track of when we need to go up and down the number line ↕️.

Check out our or explore our and sections to learn more about how to add and subtract integers and test your understanding.

The sign or combination of signs a number comes after tells us whether we need to fill up or dig down:

Sign(s) | Action | Visual |

$−$ | Dig down | $−5$ |

$+−$ | Dig down (Add a hole) $+$$−$ | |

$+$ | Fill up | $5$ |

$−−$ | Fill up (Take away a hole) $−$$−$ |

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KEY STEPS

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## How to Add & Subtract Integers

### Single Sign

### Double Signs

### Step 1. Imagine the first number.

- If the first number is positive, we fill up to the value of the first number.
- If the first number is negative, we dig down to the value of the first number.

### Step 2. Imagine the second number.

- If the second number comes after a plus sign, we fill up to the value of the second number.
- If the second number comes after a minus sign, we dig down to the value of the second number.

### Step 3. Combine the numbers.

Overlap the piles and/or holes. The top of the final pile lines up with the final answer.

LESSON

— Single Sign

PRACTICE

— Single Sign

LESSON

— Double Signs

PRACTICE

— Double Signs

CONCLUSION

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