Natural Numbers and Integers
     
     
    The Basic Operations, Rules and Properties
      Addition
      Subtraction
      The use of parenthesis
      Multiplication
         The commutative property
         The associative property
         The distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction
      Division
Addition
        ab = ca and b are terms, and c is the sum.
To add integers having the same sign, keep the same sign and add the absolute value of each number.
To add integers with different signs, keep the sign of the number with larger absolute value and subtract smaller absolute value from the larger.
The additive inverse or opposite of a is - a, so that a + (- a) = 0, and  a + 0 = a.
The commutative property of addition, a + b = b + a.
The associative property of addition, (a + b) + c = a + ( b + c).
Subtraction
  a - b = ca - minuendb - subtrahend, and  c - difference
Subtract an integer by adding its opposite, so that - (+ a) = - a,    - (- a) = + a
Examples:         5 7 5 + (- 7) = - 2       - 1 -  8 - 1 - ( + 8) = - 1+ (- 8) = - 9
          4 - ( - 3) 4 + ( + 3) = 7       - 5 (- 9) - 5 + (+ 9) = - 5+ 9 = 4
The use of parenthesis:
   (a + b) + c = a + b + c           (- 5 + 3) + 6 = - 5 + 3 + 6 = 4
   a + (b + c) = a + b + c          - 7 + (- 3 + 8) = - 7 - 3 + 8 = - 2
   a - ( b + c) = a - b - c           6 - ( 5 - 12)  = 6 -  5 + 12 = 13
   - (a + b) + c = - a - b + c          - (- 2 + 7) + 3 = 2 - 7 + 3 = - 2
Multiplication
  a  b = c,   a and  b are the factors  c is the product
The properties and rules:
The commutative property: a  b = b  a       3 (- 7) = - 7 3 = - 21
The associative property: ( a  b )  c = a  ( b  c )      ( 2 5 ) 7 = 2 ( 5 7 ) = 70
a  0 = 0 7 0 = 0 a = 1   and  - a = (- 1)  a - 18 = (- 1) 18
(- a )  (- b ) = a  b (- 3) (- 4) = 12  (- a )  b = a  (- b ) = - a  b 3 (- 4) = -12 
The distributive property of multiplication over addition and subtraction:
(a + b)  c = a  c + b  c           (- 3 + 5)  6 = (- 3) 6 + 5 6 = - 18 + 30 = 12
(a - b)  c = a  c - b  c           ( 7 -  4)  (- 3) = 7 (- 3) - 4 (- 3) = - 21+ 12 = - 9
a  c + b  c = (a + b)  c           (- 5 )  3 + 2  3(- 5 + 2) 3 = (- 3) 3 = - 9
a  c - b  c = (a - b)  c            9 (- 6) - 2  (- 6) = (9 - 2) (- 6) = 7 (- 6) = - 42
 Examples: (- 7 + 4)  (- 2) = (- 7)  (- 2) + 4  (- 2) = 14 -  8 = 6       or        (- 3) (- 2) = 6
- 9  a + 5  a = (- 9 + 5)  a = - 4a 3 (1 - a) + 5 = 3 - 3 a + 5 = 8 - 3a
Division
  a  b = c,   a is the dividend, b is the divisor and c is the quotient
Basic identities:   0  a = 0   and   a 1 =  a   0  5 = 0,     - 3 1 =  - 3
If both the dividend and divisor signs are the same the quotient will be positive, if they are different, the quotient will be negative.
(- a ) (- b ) = a  b           - 28 (- 4) = 28  4 = 7
- a  b = (- a )  b = - (a  b)               45 (- 15) = - 45  15 = - 3
Division is neither commutative nor associative, thus
a  is not the same as  b  a (36  6) 2 = 6  2 = 3,  while  36 (6  2)= 36  3 = 12
(a  b)  is not the same as  a (b  c) 18 6 3 = 3  3 = 1,  while  18 (6  3) = 18  2 = 9
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