Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Basic Algebra - 9.2 Adding and Subtracting Signed Numbers - 9.2 Exercises: 15

Answer

-8

Work Step by Step

To add $4+(-12)$, we can take the absolute value of both numbers. $|4|=4$ $|-12|=12$ Next, we can subtract the lesser absolute value from the greater absolute value. $12-4=8$ The number with the greater absolute value is negative, so the result will be negative. Therefore, $4+(-12)=-8$.
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