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# INTEGERS AND EQUATIONS - solving equations with integers jiskha INTEGERS AND EQUATIONS
Unit Overview
In this unit, you will review integers and the rules that apply to adding, subtracting,
multiplying and dividing these special numbers. You will also learn about equations and
how the Real Number Properties of Equality justify the steps to solve an equation. You
will also solve literal equations and formulas.
Comparing Integers
The set of whole numbers consists of 0, 1, 2, 3 ... and can be represented on a number
line. We can match each whole number with another number that is the same distance
from 0 but on the opposite side of 0.
-4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4
If you take a look at the number line above, 3 or (positive 3) and -3 (negative 3) are on
opposite sides of 0 but the same distance from 0. These numbers are called opposites and
make up the set of integers. Integers are the set of positive and negative whole numbers.
Examples: Name the integer that is suggested by each situation.
a) The temperature is 5? below 0.
-5 Below 0 suggests a negative integer.
24 A profit suggests a positive integer.
Integers (03:50)
To compare integers, we will use the symbol "" which means greater than. If you remember from the previous unit, these symbols
are called inequality signs. An inequality can either be true or false. For example, the
sentence 12 > 8 is true and the sentence 6 > 9 is false.
On a number line, the numbers increase as you move from left to right. For any two
numbers, the number that is farther to the right is the larger number and the number
farther to the left is the lesser number. Let's take a look at comparing some integers
using the number line below.
-6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5
Write a true sentence using < or > in place of .
a) 3 9 3 < 9
Since 3 is to the left of 9 on the number line, 3 is less than 9.
b) -5 11 -5 < 11
Since -5 is to the left of 11 on the number line, -5 is less than 11.
c) -3 -6 -3 > -6
Since -3 is to the right of -6 on the number line, -3 is greater than -6.
Hint: An easy way to remember the direction of the inequality sign is that it always
points to the smaller number.
If you study the number line above, you will notice that the integers 5 and -5 are the
same distance from 0. This brings us to another algebraic concept called absolute value.
The absolute value of a number is the distance it is from 0, which means that the absolute
value will always be positive. Absolute value is symbolized by using two straight bars
around a number.
Example #1: 24 means the absolute value of 24, which is 24 because 24 is 24
units away from 0.
Example #2: -57 means the absolute value of -57, which is 57 because -57 is
57 units away from 0.
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How do you solve 2 Step equations? Solving 2-Step Equations ☻ Solving equations is just a matter of undoing the operations that are being done to the variable. We already did 1-step equations… Example 1: Example 2: x – 3 = -9Operation Now: -5x = 30Operation Now:

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