Q: When multiplying and dividing rational numbers how do you know if the answer will be a negative?

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It the signs of the two numbers that you are multiplying or dividing is the same, then the answer is positive, otherwise the answer is negative. Remember though, that division by 0 is not defined.

Dividing by a non-zero rational number is the same as multiplying by its reciprocal.

Rational numbers can be negative or positive.

The question has no sensible answer because its proposition is not true. Multiplication is commutative, division is not, so the rules are NOT the same.

No, not all negative numbers are rational. There are many negative numbers that are irrational, just like the positive numbers.

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It the signs of the two numbers that you are multiplying or dividing is the same, then the answer is positive, otherwise the answer is negative. Remember though, that division by 0 is not defined.

Dividing by a non-zero rational number is the same as multiplying by its reciprocal.

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Dividing by a rational number (other than zero) is simply multiplication by its reciprocal.

The rules for dividing negative numbers is the same as multiplying them. A negative number multiplied/divided by a negative number is positive and a negative number multiplied/divided by a positive number is negative.

Yes, if you are adding two negative numbers then the answer will be a negative. However, if you are multiplying or dividing two negative numbers then the answer will be a positive number.

Fractions and decimals are usually rational numbers. Besides, multiplying rational and irrational numbers is also similar.

multiplying and dividing a negative number will "flip" the sign of the other number. So multiplying two negative numbers will produce a positive number. Multiplying one positive and one negative number will produce a negative. And of course two positive numbers yield a positive.

It changes because two negatives make a positive!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a positive number. Here's the rule: In multiplication and division . . . -- If both numbers have the same sign, then the result of multiplying or dividing them is positive. -- If the two numbers have different signs, then the result of multiplying or dividing them is negative.

Adding two negative numbers will always be negative. Subtracting two negative numbers may be positive or negative. Dividing or multiplying two negative numbers will always be positive.No

Rational numbers can be negative or positive.