We will learn addition of integers using number line.

We know that counting forward means addition.

Having learnt how to add two whole numbers on the number line, we shall extend the same method for addition of integers using the number line. The only difference is the when adding a negative integer, the moves are made to the left.

Working Rules for Addition of Integers:

Step I: Draw a number line and mark points as negative integers.

i.e., (..., -4, -3, -2, -1,), zero and positive integers i.e., (1, 2, 3, 4, ...)

Step II: For a positive integer move forward and for a negative integer move backward.

Step III: The end is the result.

When we add positive integers, we move to the right on the number line.

For example to add +2 and +4 we move 4 steps to the right of +2.

Thus, +2 +4 = +6.

When we add two negative integers, we move to the left on the number line.

For example to add -2 and -4 we move 4 steps to the left of -2.

Thus, -2 + (-4) = -6.

Addition of a Negative Integer and a Positive Integer:

When a negative integer is added to a positive integer we move to the left on the number line.

For example to add +2 + (-4), we move 4 steps to the left of +2.

Thus, +2 + (-4) = -2.

Addition of a Positive Integer and a Negative Integer:

When a positive integer is added to a negative integer we move to the right on the number line.

For example to add (-6) + 3, we move 3 steps to the right of -6.

Thus, (-6) + 3 = -3.

We can add two integers having same sings by adding their absolute values and placing the common sign of two integers before it.

Solved Examples on Addition of Integers:

1. Find the value +18 + (+5)

Solution:

Absolute value of |+18| = 18

Absolute value of |+5| = 5

Sum of absolute values = 18 + 5

Hence, +18 + (+5) = +23.

We can add two integers having opposite signs by finding difference of their absolute values and placing the sign of the integer with the greater absolute value before it.

2. Find the value -38 + (+28)

Solution:

Absolute value of |-38| = 38

Absolute value of |+28| = 28

Difference of absolute values = 38 – 28 = 10

Placing the sign of the integer with the greater absolute value = -10

Hence, -38 + (+28) = -10.

3. Using the number line, find the following.

(i) 3 + 4

(ii) (-3) + 5

(iii) 3 + (-5)

Solution:

(i) 3 + 4

Start from 3 and proceed 4 units to the right to reach point P. which represents 7.

Hence, 3 + 4 = 7.

(ii) (-3) + 5

Start from -3 and proceed 5 units to the right to reach point P. which represents 2.

Hence, (-3) + 5 = 2

(iii) 3 + (-5)

Start from 3 and move 5 units to the left to reach point P, which represents -2.

Hence  3 + (-5) = -2.

4. Add the following numbers or number line:

(i) 5 and 3

(ii) -2 and -3

(iii) 5 and -3

Solution:

(i) 5 and 3

Hence, 5 + 3 = 8

(ii) -2 and -3

Hence, -2 + (-3) = -5

(iii) 5 and -3

Hence, 5 + (-3) = -5

5. Add 5 and 3 on the number line.

Solution:

On the number line, start from and move 5 units to the right to reach point P. which represents 5.

Now start from P and move 3 units to the right of P to reach point Q.

Clearly, Q represents 8

Hence, 5 + 3 = 8.

6. Add 7 and -3 on the number line.

Solution:

On the number line, start from 0 and move 7 units to the right to reach point P, which represents 7.

Now start from P and move 3 units to the left of A to reach point Q.

Clearly, Q represents 4.

Hence, 7 + (-3) = 4.

7. Add -3 and -5 on the number line.

Solution:

On the number line, start from 0 and move 3 units to the left to reach point P, which represents -3. Now start from P and move 5 units to the left of P to reach point Q.

Clearly, Q represents -8.

Hence, (-3) + (-5) = -8.

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