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CLIP 27

Negative numbers

Negative numbers
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Key Info
  • Negative numbers
  • Duration: 02:14
  • A diver is used to illustrate the concept of a negative number scale. The surface of the diver's swimming pool is set to 0 on the measuring scale and the diver travels from plus 10 metres at the top of his dive to minus 6 metres at the bottom of the pool before rising up 6 metres back to surface level.
  • Subject:

    Maths

       Topic:

    Number Patterns and Sequences

  • Keywords: negative, positive, zero, metres, measurement
Ideas for use in class
  • A good illustration of the use of negative numbers in a real life situation. Could be used to introduce or reinforce the concept of adding positive numbers to negative numbers on a number line.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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