# How do you add #(- 5.9) + 5.7#?

##### 2 Answers

Just arrange the equation

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Your equation

This is your answer

ALWAYS follow the 2-step rule for combining signed numbers.

It NEVER fails.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS.

#### Explanation:

To combine signed numbers, here is the two-step rule that

NEVER fails.

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

1) If the signs are different, SUBTRACT.

2) The sign of the answer is ALWAYS the sign of the number with the larger absolute value.

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Example:

1) The signs are different (*plus* 12 -vs- *minus* 15), so subtract

15 - 12 = 3

2) The sign of the answer will be "minus" because

Answer:

- 3

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Example:

1) The signs are not different, so three guesses what you do

2) The sign of the answer will be "minus" because

Answer:

- 14

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Example:

1) The signs are different, so subtract

2) The sign of the answer will be "plus" because

Answer:

5

(but I bet you already knew that

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For the problem you posted:

−5.9 + 5.7

1) The signs are different, so subtract

2) The sign of the answer will be "minus" because

Answer: