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Free printable and online worksheets to help Grade 6 students learn that each nonzero integer has an opposite. Opposites are on opposite sides of zero and are the same distance from zero on the number line. The number zero is its own opposite. All counting numbers are positive and it is not necessary to indicate with a plus sign.

The opposite of a number, in the context of mathematics, is called its additive inverse. It’s the number you add to the original number to get zero.

Here’s a breakdown:

Positive Numbers: The opposite of a positive number is its negative counterpart. For example, the opposite of 5 is -5 (because 5 + (-5) = 0).

Negative Numbers: The opposite of a negative number is its positive counterpart. For example, the opposite of -7 is 7 (because -7 + 7 = 0).

Zero: The opposite of zero is itself (0 + 0 = 0).

Visualizing the Opposite on a Number Line:

Imagine a number line. Zero is in the center. Positive numbers extend to the right, and negative numbers extend to the left. The opposite of a number is the same distance away from zero on the opposite side of the number line.

Properties of Opposites:

Two opposite numbers have the same absolute value (distance from zero), but different signs (positive or negative).
The sum of two opposite numbers is always zero.

Understanding opposites is a fundamental concept in mathematics used in various operations like addition, subtraction, and solving equations.

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