# How do you simplify -3.01-14.5?

Nov 15, 2017

See solution below;

#### Explanation:

In a normal and quick solution;

$- 3.01 - 14.5 = - 17.51$ (Using normal calculator!)

Now lets try solving it in mathematical terms..

First, you separate each values in their forms..

We have; $- 3 \mathmr{and} - 14$

Also; $- .01 - .5$

Please note that $\Rightarrow 01 \ne 1$, when it comes to solving decimal places..

Now we solve them individually

Recall $\Rightarrow - + - = -$

$- 3.01 - 14.5 \Rightarrow - \left(3.01 + 14.5\right)$

Solving, $- \left(3.01 + 14.5\right)$

$- \left[\left(3 + 14\right) + \left(.01 + .5\right)\right]$

$- \left[\left(17\right) + \left(.51\right)\right]$ (Adding only $0 \mathmr{and} 5$ since they are next to the decimal point!)

$- \left[17 + .51\right]$

#-[17.51]

$- 17.51$

Hope this helps!