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# When you have a negative and positive in math does it become a negative?

It depends on what you do with the negative and positive.

If you multiply or divide a positive number and a negative number, then the answer is negative.

If you add or subtract a positive number and a negative number, the answer could be negative or positive depending on the numbers involved.

If you put a negative sign in front of a positive number, the result is a negative number. If you put a positive sign in front of a negative number (like +(-7)), the result is still negative.

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positive is to add and negative is to subtract in math

A negative times a negative equals a positive A negative times a positive equals a negative A positive times a positive equals a positive

In Math, a negative can be represented with -. A positive can be represented with +, or just without a -.

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Yes. A negative subtracted by a negative is a positive. Just remember that two like signs become a positive sign, and two unlike signs become a negative sign.

Yes, when a positive is divided by a negative, it is negative. ex: 4/-2 would equal -2. It takes two negatives to make a positive in math when you are multiplying or dividing.

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When we lose something negative you become positive.

When you lose something positive you become negative.

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2 negatives equal a positive or if you multiply a negative by a positive it is larger negative if you multiply a negative and a negative it become positive because doing something negative times is getting bigger

Because when there is a positive and a negative in the same problem, it gives you a negative. An easy way to solve problems like that is if there is an odd number of negative signs, then your answer is going to be negative. If there is an even number of negative signs, then your answer is going to be positive. (no matter if there is a positive sign in a math problem).

the answer could be negative or positive depending on whether the negative number you're adding is bigger than the positive number

To become more stable: positive+negative=neutral. Neutral is more stable than positive and/or negative.

when an atom loose electron it become negative ion and when it gains electron it become positive ion

All atoms become positive ions when they lose electrons, and negative when they gain electrons.

Simple math rules state that a negative times a negative equals a positive!

When it comes to numbers (this question was asked in the "Math and Arithmetic" category), adding a negative number to a positive number always equals a negative number.

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