# integers from greatest to least

• Apr 28th 2008, 06:46 PM
beesleystudent16
integers from greatest to least
I know how to put them in greatest to least, but does anybody have a trick to remember how to quickly (Crying)(Nerd)(Angry)get the answer?
• Apr 28th 2008, 07:25 PM
elizsimca
Do you have an example?
• Apr 28th 2008, 07:32 PM
beesleystudent16
no
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Originally Posted by beesleystudent16
I know how to put them in greatest to least, but does anybody have a trick to remember how to quickly (Crying)(Nerd)(Angry)get the answer?

well i dont have any examples i just need some tricks(Bow)
• Apr 28th 2008, 07:43 PM
av8or91
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Originally Posted by beesleystudent16
well i dont have any examples i just need some tricks(Bow)

• Apr 28th 2008, 07:45 PM
beesleystudent16

it shows a number line with the numbers -5-+5 then has points at the numbers-3, 0, +2?
• Apr 28th 2008, 07:56 PM
av8or91
What? So draw a line -5 to +5 and plot points -3,0,2 ? Im not exactly sure So, -5 -3 0 2 5 ??? Not sure exactly
• Apr 28th 2008, 07:56 PM
beesleystudent16
i am so confused will someone help me!

my math books don't explain it so good!
• Apr 28th 2008, 08:18 PM
Mathstud28
Quote:

Originally Posted by beesleystudent16
my math books don't explain it so good!

I dont understand what you are asking

you would do this
<_-5_-4_-3_-2_-1_0_1_2_3_4_5_>
• Apr 28th 2008, 08:41 PM
elizsimca
I know when I'm tutoring students in addtion and subtraction of positive and negative numbers I always have them use a numberline. That way, if I say what is \$\displaystyle -2+5\$ it would look something like this:

<---(-3)---(-2)---(-1)---(0)---(1)---(2)---(3)--->

Then I have them put their finger at -2 and count 5 spaces to the right (since we are adding) and see where they end up. Which would be positive 3. Therefore, \$\displaystyle -2+5=3\$