2 - 5 = ?
How do we solve the above equation? If you have trouble subtracting integers, try adding the integer's inverse instead:
2 + (-5) = ?
Let's solve this equation using the number line.
We start at zero. Because the first term is 2, we start by adding 2:
Next, because the second term is (-5), we move 5 places to the left on the number line:
We find a final answer of -3.
2 - 5 = -3