well a positive times a negative equals a negative so if the problem was -8 times 9 it would equal -72
A negative integer. Every time.
Let's use N to represent any number.N x N = NN x -N = -N-N x -N = NSo the rules are:A positive integer times a positive integer will be a positive integerA positive integer times a negative integer will be a negative integerA negative integer times a negative integer will be a positive integer.
The quotient of a positive integer by a negative is always negative. Say this to yourself a couple times: "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)"
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!
Negative, as for example: 5 times -4 = -20
The smallest positive integer is 1. 1 is the multiplicative identity; ie anything times 1 is itself. The greatest negative integer is the most positive negative integer which is -1. Therefore the product of the greatest negative integer and the smallest positive integer is the greatest negative integer which is -1.
Negative times positive equals negative.
A negative times a positive is a negative.