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Because the two negatives cancel each other out and become a plus

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Why does a positive minus a negative equal a positive?

Because "minus a negative" is tha same as "plus a positive". So, a positive minus a negative is a positive plus a positive which is a positive.


How are multiplying integers and dividing integers same?

following multiplication integer rules and division rules, you should get: "MULTIPLICATION: minus times minus is plus (negative x negative = positive).....minus times plus is minus (negative x positive = negative).....plus times plus is plus (positive x positive = positive) DIVISION: minus divi minus is plus (negative ÷ negative = positive)......minus divi plus is minus (negative ÷ positive = negative).....plus divi plus is plus (positive ÷ positive = positive)" a division problem is a multiplication problem in disguise


What is a negitive plus a negitive?

A negative plus a negative is a negative because a negative plus a negative is the same thing as a negative minus a positive number.


What is a positive minus a negative number?

"Minus a negative number" is the same as "plus a positive number" so you have a positive plus a positive number - making a bigger positive number.


How do you explain how to add integers?

if its a positive plus a negative (ie. 8+ -3) you can substitute the plus, negative(ie. 8+ -3)(+ -) for a subtraction sign (ie. 8-3) and you will come up with the same answer


How does a positive 100 minus a negative 30 equal a positive 130?

"Minus a negative" is the same thing as "plus."


Negative plus a positive is?

It depends. If the positive is bigger, than it will be positive (-5+10=5 is the same as 10-5=5). If it is smaller than the negative, it will be negative (-10+5=-5 is the same as 5-10)


When a negative number is subtracted from a positive number is the difference always positive?

Yes, a negative number subtracted from a positive number will always be positive. Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the opposite of the negative number. The opposite of a negative number is always positive. A positive number plus a positive number is always positive.


Does a negative number plus a negative number equal a positive or a negative?

Negative. Adding a negative is the same as subtracting a positive. -2 + -3= -2 - 3= -5, not 1


What is -10 x - 4 plus - 8 equals?

The answer is 32. A negative number times a negative yields a positive. Adding a negative number is the same as subtracting a positive.


Does a negative multiplied by a negative equal a positive?

Yes. Same for positive times a positive (Obviously). If the signs are the same, it is positive. So, a positive times a negative is negative.


Direction of electric power from plus to - or - to plus?

Technically speaking current actually flows from negative to positive, but before that was figured out everyone thought it was positive to negative. But it did really matter as long as the convention was the same everywhere.


What is -7 x -5 plus -10?

The answer 25. Multiplying two negative numbers results in a positive answer. Adding a negative number to that result is the same as subtracting a positive.


Why do you use subtraction when you add a positive integer and a negative integer?

Because adding a negative is the same as subtracting a positive. In other words, minus a plus is he same as plus a minus. For example 5+ (-3) = 5-3 = +2 5 -(+3) = 5-3 = +2 Remember minus a plus = = minus plus a minus = minus plus a plus = plus minus a minus = plus


A negative plus a positive is what?

The sum has the same sign as whichever number is bigger (without their signs).


What is negative 6 plus positive 8?

-6 + 8 is the same as 8 - 6 is 2


What do you do with multipling and dividing positive and negative numbers?

If you multiply two positive numbers, or two negative numbers, the result will be positive.If you multiply a positive and a negative number, the result will be negative.The same rules apply for division - a positive number divided by a negative number, or a negative number divided by a positive number, will give a negative result.In any case, most of the calculation is the same as for positive numbers - you only have the additional complication of deciding whether to put a plus sign or a minus sign in front of the result. For example, -8 / 2 = -4; the absolute value (4) is the same as when you divide 8 / 2, only the sign changes.If you multiply two positive numbers, or two negative numbers, the result will be positive.If you multiply a positive and a negative number, the result will be negative.The same rules apply for division - a positive number divided by a negative number, or a negative number divided by a positive number, will give a negative result.In any case, most of the calculation is the same as for positive numbers - you only have the additional complication of deciding whether to put a plus sign or a minus sign in front of the result. For example, -8 / 2 = -4; the absolute value (4) is the same as when you divide 8 / 2, only the sign changes.If you multiply two positive numbers, or two negative numbers, the result will be positive.If you multiply a positive and a negative number, the result will be negative.The same rules apply for division - a positive number divided by a negative number, or a negative number divided by a positive number, will give a negative result.In any case, most of the calculation is the same as for positive numbers - you only have the additional complication of deciding whether to put a plus sign or a minus sign in front of the result. For example, -8 / 2 = -4; the absolute value (4) is the same as when you divide 8 / 2, only the sign changes.If you multiply two positive numbers, or two negative numbers, the result will be positive.If you multiply a positive and a negative number, the result will be negative.The same rules apply for division - a positive number divided by a negative number, or a negative number divided by a positive number, will give a negative result.In any case, most of the calculation is the same as for positive numbers - you only have the additional complication of deciding whether to put a plus sign or a minus sign in front of the result. For example, -8 / 2 = -4; the absolute value (4) is the same as when you divide 8 / 2, only the sign changes.


Does negative plus negative equal negative?

I'm pretty sure that -ve plus -ve equals another -ve. -ve plus +ve equals either one of the two, depending on which # is bigger. Same with +ve plus -ve. +ve plus +ve equals +ve. I have done my research and I found out negative plus negative can be negative or positive depending on the bigger number. But, a lot of people make the mistake of subtracting even though the sign is a plus. Example: -7.29 + -3.8= -11.09 but if it was 7.29 + -3.8 the answer 11.09 would be positive because the bigger number is positive.


Positive 8 plus negative 4 equals?

+8 plus -4 is essentially the same as 8 - 4. Therefore the answer is four.


What is a positive 6 minus and negative 4?

You switch the numbers to 6 plus four, because it's the same thing. So, positive 6 minus negative 4 is 10.


How does the coordinate change when you reflect it over the origin?

The plus values become negative and the negative values become positive although their numerical values remain the same


What is 4 minus a negative 3?

4--3= 7 it is the same as 4+3=7. minus a negative is like plus a positive


Is a negative divided by a negative the same as a positive times a positive?

Well a negative times a negative equals a positive while as a positive times a positive equals a positive.


How are multiplying integers and dividing integers alike?

a negative x a negative= a positive, a positive x a positive= a positive, a negative x a positive= a negative, and a positive x a negative= a negative. Same thing with division. a negative divided by a negative= a positive, a positive divided by a positive= a positive, a negative divided by a positive= a negative, and a positive divided by a negative is a negative. U see?


Is a positive plus a negative a negative?

well it depends if the negative is bigger than the positive or viseversa. lets say you have -5+7 it would equal 2. if it was -7+5 it would equal -2. In short, a positive number plus a negative number is the same thing as a positive number minus another positive number. Example: 3 + (-2) = 1 3 - 2 = 1