# Subtracting Negatives

- Author:
- Heather Pierce

How does this applet show basic subtraction working? Explain what is happening in your own words.

In general, when subtracting positive numbers of the form little - big, we subtract the numbers as usual, and then make the result negative. Explain how you see this process working in the applet.

In general, when looking at problems of the form negative - positive, we subtract the two numbers as usual. Then the solution has the sign of the number with the largest magnitude.. Explain how you see this process working in the applet.

In general, when looking at problems of the form positive - negative, we add the two numbers to get the result. Explain how you see this process working in the applet.

In general, when looking at problems of the form negative - negative, we use the fact that a double negative is a positive and change the problem to a negative + positive. Explain how you see this process working in the applet.