# Intro to Integers, Absolute Value, and Distance

# Positives & Negatives

It is important to have a strong conceptual understanding of negative numbers for both the non-calculator section of the the GED Math test and in order to provide a strong foundation for the algebra that the majority of the test consists of.

## LEARN IT

Key concepts to understand:

A number and its opposite are the same distance from zero on a number line, but on opposite sides.

**For example:**4 and -4 are the same distance from 0 on a number line, 4 units away, but in opposite directions: -4 is four units to the*left of zero*and 4 is four units to the*right of zero.*The

**absolute value**of a number is defined as*its distance from zero on the number line*. Essentially, since distance is always positive, the absolute value of a number is always positive.**For example:**The absolute value of -6 is 6, but the absolute value of 11 is just 11.The

**difference**between two numbers can be found by determining how**the distance**between those two numbers on a number line. Difference or distance is always positive.

### Watch the Virtual GED Class video below for a complete explanation and tons of worked example problems.

## PRACTICE IT

This Quizlet set practices conceptualizing positive and negative numbers using real-world scenarios and a number line.

This worksheet builds the concepts of integer understanding for students with some familiarity.

For GED Readiness, complete this assignment without a calculator.

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