Opposites

Definition of Opposites

  • Opposite numbers are those numbers that are the same distance from zero on a number line but are on opposite sides of zero.

Examples of Opposites

  • The following are some examples of opposites.

- 1 and 1, - 5 and 5 , - 0.3 and 0.3

Solved Example on Opposites

Find the opposite number of   and graph the numbers on the number line.

Choices:

A.

B.

C.

D.

Correct Answer: A

Step 1: The opposite number of  is .  [Since  and  are the same distance from zero.]

Step 2: The numbers on the number line is:                        

                                                 

Related Terms for Opposites

  • Number Line
  • Distance
 

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