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Positive or Negative (Add and Subtract)?

In this worksheet, students add and subtract positive and number answers to decide whether the answer is positive or negative.

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'Positive or Negative (Add and Subtract)?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Mixed Problems

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Worksheet Overview


When you add a positive and negative number, you need to look at the "size" or "magnitude" of the number.

-32 has a magnitude of 32 and is negative.

The answer will be positive, if the positive number has a bigger magnitude.

The answer will be negative, if the negative number has a bigger magnitude.



Remember that subtracting a negative number is the same as adding its positive.


When you subtract a smaller number from a larger number, the answer is positive.

When you subtract a larger number from a smaller number, the answer is negative.



6 - 7 is negative

7 - 6 is positive

-6 - 7 is negative

-6 + 7 is positive

-6 - -7 = -6 + 7 which is positive

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