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On the number line if you subtract a positive you move left. If you add a positive you move right. If add a negative you move left. If you subtract a negative you move right. That is just how I learned it. I don't know a wordy explanation.

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Q: Why do 2 negatives equal a positive?
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Does two negatives equal a positive?

Multiplying and dividing two negatives does equal a positive. Adding two negatives equals a negative, but subtracting two negatives may or may not equal a positive. Ex. -2 * -4 = 8 -10/-2 = 5 -2+ -4 = -6 -4- -2 = -2 -2- -4 = 2

Does 2 negatives equal a positive?

No 2 negatives do not equal a positive because for example. : -2 + -2 = -4. You can see that when you add these 2 negative numbers right here they equal to another negative number.

Do 2 negatives equal a positive yes or no?

Yes, when multiplying or dividing two negatives the result is a positive number.

When do two negatives equal a positive?

When multiplied. Such as -2*-2=4

When you multiply two negatives by a positive will the answer be a negative or a positive?

positive two negatives equal a positive a positive times a positive is a positive.

Two negatives equal what?

It is said that two negatives equal a positive when multiplying them with coefficients.

Is subtracting a negative number the same as adding a positive number?

For negatives, two negatives equal a positive & all goes for positive

A negaotive times a positive equals?

a negative but of there are a equal number of negatives then a positive... the negatives counter each other

What do two negatives equal two?

When combining (adding) two negatives you get a negative. When multiplying two negatives you will get a positive.

What two factors of 4 give you a sum of -4?


Do 2 negatives in a fraction equal a positive?

If you mean negative numerator and negative denominator then the answer is Yes.

What does 2 negatives make?

a positive

Is positive divided by negative negative or positive?

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.

In subtraction 2 negatives equal what?

if the first negative is samller than the second its positive but if the first one is a larger number than the second then its a positive

When dividing 2 negatives is the answer a negative or a positive?

negative the answer is positive!!

Why is a negative multiplied by a negative equal a positive?

The two negatives cancel out and the number becomes positive.

What is the sign of the product of 6 negative integers and 2 positive integers?

The product of 2 (or more) positives is positive. The product of 2 negatives is positive. So product of 6 negatives = 3*(product of two negatives) = product of 3 positives = positive. So overall sign is positive.

Does two negatives equal one positive?

Only if you multiply or divide them.

Does a negative squared equal a positive or negative?

A negative number squared equals a positive number. When multiplying, odd numbers of negatives result in a negative answer, and even numbers of negatives result in a positive answer.

Does a negative number times a positive number equal a positive number?

No. An odd number of negatives in multiplication is negative.

Do you add or subtract when you have two negatives?

two negatives makes a positive, meaning you add. i.e. 2 - -2 = 2+2 = 4

When dividing two negatives does it equal a positive?

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.

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

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.

Negative plus a positive?

Negatives and Positives Positive + Positive = Positive Negative + Negative = Positive Negative + Positive = Negative Positive + Negative = Negative

If you add a negative and a negative what do you get?

Adding negatives? You get a negative. But if you multiply/divide 2 negatives, that's a positive.