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Find the difference. The answer should have the same sign as the larger number.

Remember, the product of a negative number and a positive number is always negative.


When you subtract a negative number, you are adding the opposite of it.

4 + 3

See part (a).

Following the order of operations, first simplify the terms within the parentheses.
−5 − 3(−4)

Next, simplify the terms that are multiplied or divided.
−5 − (−12)

Finally, combine the terms that are added or subtracted.


Follow the order of operations.

See part (e).