 # What happens when you add two negative integers?

Mose Hubbartt asked, updated on March 1st, 2021; Topic: integers
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#Rule: The sum of any integer and its opposite is equal to zero. Summary: Adding two positive integers always yields a positive sum; adding two negative integers always yields a negative sum. To find the sum of a positive and a negative integer, take the absolute value of each integer and then subtract these values.

Even in the case, what happens when you divide two negative numbers?

When you divide two negative numbers, the answer is always a positive number. For example, -4 divided by -2 equals 2. When both numbers are negative, the negatives cancel out, resulting in the answer always being a positive number.

Beside, why do two minuses make a plus? If a number is positive, the + is usually missed out before the number. So 3 is really (+3). Adding and multiplying combinations of positive and negative numbers can cause confusion and so care must be taken. Two 'pluses' make a plus, two 'minuses' make a plus.

Either, do you add two negative numbers?

What is the rule for subtracting negative numbers?

Rule 3: Subtracting a negative number from a negative number – a minus sign followed by a negative sign, turns the two signs into a plus sign. So, instead of subtracting a negative, you are adding a positive. Basically, - (-4) becomes +4, and then you add the numbers. For example, say we have the problem -2 - –4.

### When adding 2 negative numbers will the answer be positive or negative?

Yes, adding two negative numbers together will always give you a negative result.

### When you divide two negative numbers what is the positive?

When you divide a negative number by a positive number then the quotient is negative. When you divide a positive number by a negative number then the quotient is also negative. When you divide two negative numbers then the quotient is positive.

### What are the rules for negative numbers?

To get a negative number, you need one negative and one positive number. The rule works the same way when you have more than two numbers to multiply or divide. An even number of negative numbers will give a positive answer. An odd number of negative numbers will give a negative answer.

### What are the rules for negative and positive numbers?

The Rules:RuleExample
+(+)Two like signs become a positive sign3+(+2) = 3 + 2 = 5
−(−)6−(−3) = 6 + 3 = 9
+(−)Two unlike signs become a negative sign7+(−2) = 7 − 2 = 5
−(+)8−(+2) = 8 − 2 = 6

### What do two positives make?

When We Multiply:Example
×two positives make a positive:3 × 2 = 6
×two negatives make a positive:(−3) × (−2) = 6
×a negative and a positive make a negative:(−3) × 2 = −6
×a positive and a negative make a negative:3 × (−2) = −6

### Why is minus a negative plus a positive?

Subtracting a number is the same as adding its opposite. So, subtracting a positive number is like adding a negative; you move to the left on the number line. Subtracting a negative number is like adding a positive; you move to the right on the number line.

### What are the integer rules for adding and subtracting?

To add integers having the same sign, keep the same sign and add the absolute value of each number. To add integers with different signs, keep the sign of the number with the largest absolute value and subtract the smallest absolute value from the largest. Subtract an integer by adding its opposite.

### What's a negative times a positive?

Rule 2: A negative number times a positive number equals a negative number. When you multiply a negative number to a positive number, your answer is a negative number. It doesn't matter which order the positive and negative numbers are in that you are multiplying, the answer is always a negative number.

### What is the rule for adding and subtracting negative numbers?

When adding positive numbers, count to the right. When adding negative numbers, count to the left. When subtracting positive numbers, count to the left. When subtracting negative numbers, count to the right.

### Why do you add when subtracting a negative number?

The addition/subtraction tells us which way to face, and the positive/negative tells us if our steps will be forward or backward (regardless of the way we're facing).

### What happens when you subtract a negative from a positive?

Rule 4: Subtracting a negative number from a positive number—when you see the subtraction (minus) sign followed by a negative sign, turn the two signs into a plus sign. Thus, instead of subtracting a negative, you're adding a positive, so you have a simple addition problem.

### How do you multiply and divide positive and negative numbers?

The rule for multiplying and dividing is very similar to the rule for adding and subtracting.
• When the signs are different the answer is negative.
• When the signs are the same the answer is positive.
• ### When you multiply two numbers with sign the product is negative?

When you multiply two integers with different signs, the result is always negative. Just multiply the absolute values and make the answer negative. When you divide two integers with the same sign, the result is always positive. Just divide the absolute values and make the answer positive.

### What is the rule for subtracting integers?

First, keep the first number (known as the minuend). Second, change the operation from subtraction to addition. Third, get the opposite sign of the second number (known as the subtrahend) Finally, proceed with the regular addition of integers.

### What are negatives and positives called?

Positive and negative numbers are all integers. Integers are whole numbers that are either greater than zero (positive) or less than zero (negative). For every positive integer, there's a negative integer, called an additive inverse, that is an equal distance from zero.
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