# [Numeracy 171] Re: The double negative language-math link

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Charlie charlie at durangoaec.org
Mon Feb 15 16:36:09 EST 2010

I draw a horizontal line and call it ground level. A pile of dirt can
be x feet above ground level (positive). A hole in the ground can be x
feet below ground level (negative). You can add a positive value by
filling the hole and/or making the pile taller. You can add a negative
integer by shoveling off of the pile and/or digging deeper.
Subtraction problem are converted to addition. For subtraction, the
mantra is "cross the line [change from subtraction to addition] and
change the sign [of the second integer]"

Charlie Love
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On Feb 15, 2010, at 7:05 AM, mysbooks at aol.com wrote:

> Sea level, stocks, money; loans, home equity-especially relevant

> when mortgages are "under water".

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> -----Original Message-----

> From: Denney, Brooke <denneyb at cowley.edu>

> To: numeracy at nifl.gov

> Sent: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 10:17 pm

> Subject: [Numeracy 151] The double negative language-math link

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> Michael:

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> I disagree with your statement that, “negatives carry meaning in

> mathematical, but not physical (reality) terms”; after all, it is

> winter in the Midwest and negative values mean something in my

> reality when we are talking about wind chill factors and really cold

> temperatures (perhaps living in a really warm climate you may have

> forgotten). Also, negative numbers are used when discussing the

> else have examples of negative numbers used in reality?

>

> -Brooke

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