Subtracting Integers with Algebra Tiles

To subtract one number from another, like -2 – (-4), model the minuend (the first number) using two negative unit tiles. The subtrahend (the second number) tells how much to remove. Since there are not enough negative unit tiles to remove, add two zero pairs. After removing 4 negative tiles there are 2 positive tiles remaining, so -2 – (-4) equals 2.



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