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Illustrative Math
Grade 7
Lesson 3: Changing Elevation
Let’s solve problems about adding signed numbers.
Illustrative Math Unit 7.5, Lesson 3 (printable worksheets)
Lesson 3 Summary
The following diagram shows how to add positive and negative numbers in general.
Lesson 3.1 That’s the Opposite
 Draw arrows on a number line to represent these situations:
a. The temperature was 5 degrees. Then the temperature rose 5 degrees.
b. A climber was 30 feet above sea level. Then she descended 30 feet.
 What’s the opposite?
a. Running 150 feet east.
b. Jumping down 10 steps.
c. Pouring 8 gallons into a fish tank.
Lesson 3.2 Cliffs and Caves
Explore the applet and then answer the questions.
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 A mountaineer is climbing on a cliff. She is 200 feet above the ground. If she climbs up, this will be a positive change. If she climbs down, this will be a negative change.
a. Complete the table.
b. Select three rows from the table and draw a number line diagram for each. Include the starting elevation, change, and final elevation on each diagram.
 A spelunker is down in a cave next to the cliff. If she climbs down deeper into the cave, this will be a negative change. If she climbs up, whether inside the cave or out of the cave and up the cliff, this will be a positive change.
a. Complete the table.
b. Select three rows from the table and draw a number line diagram for each. Include the starting elevation, change, and final elevation on each diagram.
 Complete the table and draw a number line diagram to represent each row in this table.
Lesson 3.3 Adding Rational Numbers
Find the sums.
 3.5 + (30 + 5)
 0.15 + (0.85) + 12.5
 1/2 + (3/4)
Are you ready for more?
Find the sum without a calculator.
10 + 21 + 32 + 43 + 54 + (54) + (43) + (32) + (21) + (10)

Show Answer
The answer is 0 because we are adding opposites.
Lesson 3.4 School Supply Number Line
Your teacher will give you a long strip of paper.
Follow these instructions to create a number line.
 Fold the paper in half along its length and along its width.
 Unfold the paper and draw a line along each crease.
 Label the line in the middle of the paper 0. Label the right end of the paper + and the left end of the paper .
 Select two objects of different lengths, for example a pen and a gluestick. The length of the longer object is a and the length of the shorter object is b.
 Use the objects to measure and label each of the following points on your number line.
 Complete each statement using <, >, or =. Use your number line to explain your reasoning.
Lesson 3 Practice Problems
 Decide whether each table could represent a proportional relationship. If the relationship could be proportional, what would be the constant of proportionality?
a. Annie’s Attic is giving away $5 off coupons.
b. Bettie’s Boutique is having a 20% off sale.
 What is the final elevation if
a. A bird starts at 20 m and changes 16 m?
b. A butterfly starts at 20 m and changes 16 m?
c. A diver starts at 5 m and changes 16 m?
d. A whale starts at 9 m and changes 11 m?
e. A fish starts at 9 meters and changes 11 meters?
 One of the particles in an atom is called an electron. It has a charge of 1. Another particle in an atom is a proton. It has charge of +1. The charge of an atom is the sum of the charges of the electrons and the protons. A carbon atom has an overall charge of 0, because it has 6 electrons and 6 protons and 6 + 6 = 0. Find the overall charge for the rest of the elements on the list.
 Last week, the price, in dollars, of a gallon of gasoline was . This week, the price of gasoline per gallon increased by 5%. Which expressions represent this week’s price, in dollars, of a gallon of gasoline? Select all that apply.
 Add.
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