Jamie (mostly) loved School. He loved English, but he never quite understood math...
But, the thing he loved the most, had to be daydreaming, mostly about battles
He fought long and hard, only to find out what he had been doing...
One day in math class, his teacher Ms. Molly, asked to see him after class, he was so scared!
See me after class young man!
I know that math can be hard sometimes, so here's one way for you to remember this. If you are adding 2 numbers that aren't both positive or negative, you have to do a battle. The way a battle works is, lets say you have 2 numbers, -2 + 5, what you have to do is, split the numbers into 2 teams, positive and negative. You then have to figure out which team has more soldiers, in this case the-2 and 5, the positives win. You then figure out how many soldiers are left over, in our case 3. The answer is positive because positives won the battle.
Turns out, she just wanted to explain how to add and subtract integers using battles, she knew him so well.
Then, he wanted to try a problem of his own...
-8 + 5 =
So, if you have the negative and positive team, the negative team has more soldiers so they win and the number is negative. There are three negative soldiers left, so negative 3 is the answer!