Negative Numbers

## Negative Numbers

Numbers greater than zero are normally shown without a sign. The number written as 5 has the same value as the number written as +5.

A negative number is a number that is less than zero, and is shown with a minus sign. A number line, showing the position of numbers from -10 to +10, is shown below:

The numbers on the left hand end of the scale are the smaller numbers. Working from left to right, numbers increase in value. So, -5 is larger than -8 because -5 is further to the right on the number line. Similarly, 2 is larger than -4.int.

## Example 1

Which is the larger number, -6 or -2?

Using the number line, -2 is further to the right.