Math and Arithmetic

If you divide positive by a negative does it equal a negative or positive?

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May 26, 2009 1:29AM

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Actually it does, whenever you mulitply and divide two negative and two positive numbers they always equal a positive number. When you multiply and divide a negative and positive they always equal a negative number.

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It makes a positive, since the two negative signs cancel each other out.

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see if have -8 divided by -8 divide the number number first and then see to the following signs -8 divided by -8 is equal to +1 -8 divided by +8 is equal to -1 so different signs - same sign + ++=+ --=+ +-=- -+=-

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Only when you divide or multiply.

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If you divide a positive number by a positive number, the result is positive. If you divide a positive number by a negative number, the result is negative. If you divide a negative number by a positive number, the result is negative. If you divide a negative number by a negative number, the result is again positive.

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You just divide like you would divide any other decimal, and then... Positive and Positive = Positive Negative and Negative = Positive Positive and Negative = Negative I hope my answer helped! :)

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It could equal both a negagtive number or a positive number. To get a definite positive or negative you times or divide. Well in addition and subtraction negative plus a negative equals a bigger negative. Kinda like -4+-4 =-8, but in multiplication and division 2 negatives equal a positive. -2 times-2 =positive 4.

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Yes a negative divided by a positive is a negative! :)

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A negative and a negative does NOT equal positive. For example (-7) + (-7) = -14 which is not positive!

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You divide the negative number by a positive number for it to stay positive. And you divide the negative number by a negative number for it to become positive.

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The answer will be positive.

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Multiplying and dividing integers is real easy. All you have to do is do regular dividing and multiplying keeping in mind these simple rules: RULES: 1: When multiplying or dividing integers, when the numbers are a positive, positive they equal a positive. When the numbers are negative, negative they equal a positive. In other words, same signs equal positive. 2: This rule is very similar to the rule above. The only change is that when the signs are different, they equal a negative. ( negative, positive= negative, positive, negative= negative.) Please correct me if I'm wrong. Multiply integers- my notes from class positive x positive= positive positive x negative= negative negative x negative= positive Divide integers- again my notes from class positive divided by a positive= positive negative divided by a negative= positive negative divided by a positive= negative Dividing integers are simple if the number has a different sign than the other it is always negative but if they have the same sign its always positive ex. -20/5=-4 ex. -20/-4=-5

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Divide as you would divide positive fractions. That is, convert both fractions to positive, then do the division. After that, apply the rules for dividing positive and negative numbers. For example, if one of the fractions is positive and the other negative, the answer will be negative.

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a negative subtracted by a positive will always equal a negative.

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positive and a positive is a positive negative and a negative is a positive to answer your question: positive and a negative is a negative.

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6 + (-1) positive and negative will equal negative. so it's 6-1 that would equal 5. positive and positive= positive positive negative= negative negative negative = positive negative positive= negative

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It is the same rules that apply for multiplying them: positive and negative are negative positive and positive are positive negitve and negative are positive

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You will end up with a positive number. With integers, if you multiply or divide an even amount of negative numbers, the answer will be positive and if you multiply or divide an odd amount, the answer will be negative.

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Yes, if you divide a positive number by a negative number the result will be a negative number

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You do. The result will be negative.

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when you have a negative times a negative it will equal a positive but when you have a negative times a positive it will equal a negative no matter what!

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When you divide or multiply positive and negative numbers, you first do the division or multiplication as normal. The next step is to assess whether or not the answer will be negative or positive. If the two numbers of the question were the same (negative and negative or positive and positive) then the answer will be positive. If the two numbers in the question were different (one negative and one positive) then the answer will be negative. Thus, if you divide a negative number by a positive number, the result will be the same as normal division, but the answer will be negative.

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It equals to a positive. Positive divided Negative=Negative Negative divided Negative =Positive

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You divide the equivalent positive numbers. Then you add a negative sign to the result.

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A positive times a negative is a negative.