# How do you simplify #-16+9-5#?

-12

Adding and subtracting negative numbers is a pretty tricky thing to learn (trust me, I know!), but if you go through it slowly and use a couple tricks, you can figure it out.

Here's our equation:

The first two numbers we are going to deal with are

So the easiest way to learn how to do this type of problem is make a number line like this:

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To simplify -16 + 9 - 5, you combine the numbers together:

-16 + 9 - 5 = (-16 + 9) - 5

Then, perform the operations inside the parentheses:

= -7 - 5

Now, subtract:

= -12

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When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

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