# 2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 1

## Problem

What is the value of $$1-(-2)-3-(-4)-5-(-6)?$$

$\textbf{(A)}\ -20 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ -3 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 3 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 5 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 21$

## Solution 1

We know that when we subtract negative numbers, $a-(-b)=a+b$.

The equation becomes $1+2-3+4-5+6 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 5}$.

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## Solution 2

Like Solution 1, we know that when we subtract $a-(-b)$, that will equal $a+b$ as the opposite/negative of a negative is a positive. Thus, $1-(-2)-3-(-4)-5-(-6)=1+2-3+4-5+6$. We can group together a few terms to make our computation a bit simpler. $1+(2-3)+4+(-5+6)= 1+(-1)+4+1=\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 5}$.

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