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# How do you work out how to divide a positive number by a negative number?

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1. Pretend the negative number is positive
2. divide the positive number by a positive number
3. make the result negative.

For example, divide 12 by -6:

1. Pretend -6 is 6
2. divide 12 by 6 to get 2
3. make the result negative to give -2

Thus 12 ÷ -6 = -2

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## Related Questions

A positive number times a positive number will always get you a positive number A negative number times a negative number will always get you a positive number (same signs will get you a positive number) but A positive number times a negative number will always get you a negative number or A negative number times a positive number will always get you a negative number (different signs will get you a negative number)

you divide regularly but since both numbers are negatives the answer is positive example -5 divided by -9 equals 45

It does not work that way. A negative power is simply the reciprocal. So that x-a = 1/xa The reciprocal is negative or positive according to whether the number itself is negative or positive. [And, if the number is 0, the reciprocal is not defined.]

when work is positive and when playing is negative

No, this will not work. Postitive to Negative/Negative to Positive will work.

Multiply the integer by -1 this makes the number positive.

Positive to positive, and negative to negative outputs.

A Negative plus a positive = a negative because negative and a positive cannot work together Negative + Negative= Positive Positive + Positive = Positive when your dealing with numbers such as : -2 + 2 would equal a negative 4 -2 +-2 would equal a positive 4

Division and multiplication work the same when working with negatives. Both numbers negative = positive Both numbers positive = positive One number negative, and one positive = negative So, 63 divided by 7 equals 9, but one of the numbers, the 7, had a negative sign... so the answer is negative 9 or -9

There are different conventions as to what work is negative and what work is positive. The convention used by engineers and physicists is that work done BY the system on its surroundings is positive while work done ON the system by its surroundings is negative. Chemists reverse these conventions.

If work is done on the system then it has a negative sign. If work is done by the system then it has a positive sign.

No. Division by a number between 0 and 1 means larger. Division of a negative number by another negative number is always larger.

Consider that you have a negative times a positive, so the final result will be negative.Work out 24 x 2/3 and make sure the result is negative.When multiplying numbers, there are 2 different cases to think about with regard to the signs of the numbers:If the signs of the numbers are the same (positive and positive, or negative and negative) then the result will be positive;Otherwise if the signs are different (that is if one number is positive and the other is negative) the result will be negative.

If all three numbers are positive then the product obviously has to be positive. If TWO of the three numbers are negative, then the product is also positive. But if exactly ONE of the three numbers is negative or if all THREE are negative, then the product must be negative. In general, a product of numbers is negative if an ODD NUMBER of the terms is negative.

52&bull;(-5)=52&bull;5=260 since a positive number times a negative number equals a negative, the answere is -260

Work done by the system is considered as PositiveWork done on the system is considered as Negative

Yes - work can be done BY a system or ON a system. Depending on whether the work is going into the system or out of it the sign on the work can be negative or positive.

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