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Directions: Represent the following situations as positive or negative integers you have $5 you owe $6 the temperature goes up 15 degrees the temperature drops 4 degrees Directions


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Integer Problems in a Real World Context


Directions: Represent the following situations as positive or negative integers.




  1. you have $5 ____

  2. you owe $6 ____

  3. the temperature goes up 15 degrees ____

  4. the temperature drops 4 degrees ____


Directions: For each problem below, write a matching real world situation using money, temperature, or something else that makes sense to you. Then solve the problem. A few examples have been done for you.


  1. 15 + (–6)

I have $15. I owe a friend six dollars. I can pay my friend back the six dollars I owe and I will still have $9 left.

Answer: +9




  1. (–3) + (–4)

I owe my mom $3 and I owe my dad $4. I owe a total of $7.

Answer: –7




  1. (–4) – 7

The temperature this morning was –4 degrees. During the day, it dropped another 7 degrees.

Answer: –11




  1. 7 – 13

I have $7 but I owe a friend $13. I can pay my friend back part of what I owe them but I still owe them $6.

Answer: –6




  1. (–25) + (–10)

A scuba diver jumps off the boat and swims down 25 feet. Then the diver swims down an additional 10 feet. The diver is now 35 feet below the surface of the water.

Answer: –35

Now it’s your turn!


  1. 10 + –7

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  1. (–5) + (–9)

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  1. (–8) – 3

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  1. 4 – 10

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  1. 6 + –14

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  1. 12 + (–7)

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  1. 2 – 9

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  1. (–8) + (–3)

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  1. (–10) – 3

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  1. –8 + 12

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Bonus: Which two problems above (#6 – 15) are the “same”? Explain your choice.




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