1.76 - 15.10

1.28 - 7.43

8.88 - 60.10

Why do they = -numbers?

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- Jun 30th 2012, 09:46 AMSubliminalmessageWhy are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?
1.76 - 15.10

1.28 - 7.43

8.88 - 60.10

Why do they = -numbers?

Thanks! - Jun 30th 2012, 09:53 AMrichard1234Re: Why are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?
Because you're subtracting a larger number from a smaller number. For example, 5-2 = 3, but 2-5 = -3.

- Jun 30th 2012, 10:09 AMSubliminalmessageRe: Why are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?
- Jun 30th 2012, 10:24 AMrichard1234Re: Why are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?
- Jun 30th 2012, 11:28 AMSubliminalmessageRe: Why are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?
I don't understand though, why can't you just do

56.19

24.65

Instead of doing it with the smallest number on top and having to have a - answer?

What is the difference between

4.56

- 5.53 = -0.97

5.67

- 4.42 = 1.25

I'm really confused, probably because I took a break from maths just then and I've came back with a puzzled mind. So why is one minis and one isnt? I know I just asked this but I don't see the difference between these two. - Jun 30th 2012, 12:50 PMrichard1234Re: Why are these decimal subtractions = minus numbers?