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Revision Notes on Integers

Integers

A whole number, from zero to positive or negative infinity is called Integers. I.e. it is a set of numbers which include zero, positive natural numbers and negative natural numbers. It is denoted by letter Z.

Z = {…,-2,-1, 0, 1, 2…}

Integers on Number Line

On the number line, for positive integers we move to the right from zero and for negative integers move to the left of zero.

Integers Number Line

Facts about how to Add and Subtract Integers on the Number Line

1. If we add a positive integer, we go to the right.

Add a positive integer, we go to the right

2. If we add a negative integer, we go to the left.

Add a negative integer, we go to the left.

3. If we subtract a positive integer, we go to the left.

Subtract a positive integer, we go to the left.

4. If we subtract a negative integer, we go to the right.

Subtract a negative integer, we go to the right.

The Additive Inverse of an Integer

The negative of any number is the additive inverse of that number.

The additive inverse of 5 is (- 5) and additive inverse of (- 5) is 5.

The Additive Inverse of an Integer

This shows that the number which we add to a number to get zero is the additive inverse of that number.

Number Additive Inverse
5 - 5
14 - 14
- 10 10
- 6 6

Properties of Addition and Subtraction of Integers

1. Closure under Addition

For the closure property the sum of two integers must be an integer then it will be closed under addition.

Example

2 + 3 = 5

2+ (-3) = -1

(-2) + 3 = 1

(-2) + (-3) = -5

As you can see that the addition of two integers will always be an integer, hence integers are closed under addition.

If we have two integers p and q, p + q is an integer.

2. Closure under Subtraction

If the difference between two integers is also an integer then it is said to be closed under subtraction.

Example

7 – 2 = 5

7 – (- 2) = 9

- 7 – 2 = – 9

- 7 – (- 2) = – 5

As you can see that the subtraction of two integers will always be an integer, hence integers are closed under subtraction.

For any two integers p and q, p - q is an integer.

3. Commutative Property

a. If we change the order of the integers while adding then also the result is the same then it is said that addition is commutative for integers.

For any two integers p and q

p + q = q + p

Example

23 + (-30) = – 7

(-30) + 23 = – 7

There is no difference in answer after changing the order of the numbers.

b. If we change the order of the integers while subtracting then the result is not the same so subtraction is not commutative for integers.

For any two integers p and q

p – q ≠ q – p will not always equal. 

Example

 23 - (-30) = 53

(-30) - 23 = -53

The answer is different after changing the order of the numbers.

4. Associative Property

If we change the grouping of the integers while adding in case of more than two integers and the result is same then we will call it that addition is associative for integers.

For any three integers, p, q and r

p + (q + r) = (p + q) + r

Example

If there are three integers 3, 4 and 1 and we change the grouping of numbers, then

Associative Property

The result remains the same. Hence, addition is associative for integers.

5. Additive Identity

If we add zero to an integer, we get the same integer as the answer. So zero is an additive identity for integers.

For any integer p,

p + 0 = 0 + p =p

Example

2 + 0 = 2

(-7) + 0 = (-7)

Multiplication of Integers

Multiplication of two integers is the repeated addition.

Example

  • 3 × (-2) = three times (-2) = (-2) + (-2) + (-2) = – 6

  • 3 × 2 =  three times 2 = 2 + 2 + 2 = 6

Multiplication of Integers

Now let’s see how to do the multiplication of integers without the number line.

1. Multiplication of a Positive Integer and a Negative Integer

To multiply a positive integer with a negative integer, we can multiply them as a whole number and then put the negative sign before their product.

So the product of a negative and a positive integer will always be a negative integer.

For two integers p and q, 

p × (-q) = (-p) × q = - (p × q) = - pq

Example

4 × (-10) = (- 4) × 10 = - (4 × 10) = - 40

Multiplication of a Positive Integer and a Negative Integer

2. Multiplication of Two Negative Integers

To multiply two negative integers, we can multiply them as a whole number and then put the positive sign before their product.

Hence, if we multiply two negative integers then the result will always be a positive integer.

For two integers p and q,

(-p) × (-q) = (-p) × (-q) = p × q

Example

(-10) × (-3) = 30

3. The Product of Three or More Negative Integers

It depends upon the number of negative integers.

a. If we multiply two negative integers then their product will be positive integer

(-3) × (-7) = 21

b. If we multiply three negative integers then their product will be negative integer

(-3) × (-7) × (-10) = -210

If we multiply four negative integers then their product will be positive integer

(-3) × (-7) × (-10) × (-2) = 420

Hence, if the number of negative integers is even then the result will be a positive integer and if the number of negative integers is odd then the result will be a negative integer.

Properties of Multiplication of Integers

1. Closure under Multiplication

In case of multiplication, the product of two integers is always integer so integers are closed under multiplication.

For all the integers p and q

p×q = r, where r is an integer

Example

(-10) × (-3) = 30

(12) × (-4) = -48

2. Commutativity of Multiplication

If we change the order of the integers while multiplying then also the result will remain the same then it is said that multiplication is commutative for integers.

For any two integers p and q

p × q = q × p

Example

20 × (-30) = – 600

(-30) × 20 = – 600

There is no difference in answer after changing the order of the numbers.

3. Multiplication by Zero

If we multiply an integer with zero then the result will always be zero.

For any integer p,

p × 0 = 0 × p = 0

Example

9 × 0 = 0 × 9 = 0

0 × (-15) = 0

4. Multiplicative Identity

If we multiply an integer with 1 then the result will always the same as the integer.

For any integer q

q × 1 = 1 × q = q

Example

21 × 1 = 1 × 21 = 21

1 × (-15) = (-15)

5. Associative Property

If we change the grouping of the integers while multiplying in case of more than two integers and the result remains the same then it is said the associative property for multiplication of integers.

For any three integers, p, q and r

p × (q × r) = (p × q) × r

Example

If there are three integers 2, 3 and 4 and we change the grouping of numbers, then

Associative Property

The result remains the same. Hence, multiplication is associative for integers.

6. Distributive Property

a. Distributivity of Multiplication over Addition.

For any integers a, b and c

a × (b + c) = (a × b) + (a × c)

Distributive Property

Example

Solve the following by distributive property.

I. 35 × (10 + 2) = 35 × 10 + 35 × 2

= 350 + 70

= 420

II. (– 4) × [(–2) + 7] = (– 4) × 5 = – 20 And

= [(– 4) × (–2)] + [(– 4) × 7]

= 8 + (–28)

= –20

So, (– 4) × [(–2) + 7] = [(– 4) × (–2)] + [(– 4) × 7]

b. Distributivity of multiplication over subtraction

For any integers a, b and c

a × (b – c) = (a × b) – (a × c)                      

Example

5 × (3 – 8) = 5 × (- 5) = – 25

5 × 3 – 5 × 8 = 15 – 40 = – 25

So, 4 × (3 – 8) = 4 × 3 – 4 × 8.

Division of integers

1. Division of a Negative Integer by a Positive Integer

The division is the inverse of multiplication. So, like multiplication, we can divide them as a whole number and then place a negative sign prior to the result. Hence the answer will be in the form of a negative integer.

For any integers p and q,

( – p) ÷ q = p ÷ (- q) = - (p ÷ q) where, q ≠ 0

Example

64 ÷ (- 8) = – 8

2. Division of Two Negative Integers

To divide two negative integers, we can divide them as a whole number and then put the positive sign before the result.

The division of two negative integers will always be a positive integer.

For two integers p and q,

(- p) ÷ (- q) = (-p) ÷ (- q) = p ÷ q where q ≠ 0

Example

(-10) ÷ (- 2) = 5

Properties of Division of Integers

For any integers p, q and r

Property General form Example Conclusion 

Closure Property

p ÷ q is not always an integer

10 ÷ 5 = 2
5 ÷ 10 = 1/2
(not an integer)

The division is not closed under division.

Commutative Property

p ÷ q ≠ q ÷ p

10 ÷ 5 = 2
5 ÷ 10 = 1/2

The division is not commutative for integer.

Division by Zero

p ÷ 0 = not defined
0 ÷ p = 0

0 ÷ 10 = 0

No

Division Identity

p ÷ 1 = p

10 ÷ 1 = 10

Yes 

Associative Property

(p ÷ q) ÷ r ≠ p ÷ (q ÷ r)

[(–16) ÷ 4] ÷ (–2) ≠
(–16) ÷ [4 ÷ (–2)]
(-8) ÷ (-2) ≠ (-16) ÷ (-2)
4 ≠ 8

Division is not Associative for integers.


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