Negative numbers

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Why use negative numbers?

Negative numbers, with a minus sign in front, are used to count below zero. -1 is one below 0.

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Negative numbers includes:

  • Showing practical situations in which negative numbers are used
  • Measuring temperatures above and below zero
  • Comparing positive and negative numbers


What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.



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