**
Division of Negative Numbers**

**Remember from basic math that to prove a
division problem you multiplied the answer by the divisor and if the answer
equaled the number being divided you had done the problem correctly.**

**example 16 **
**÷ 2 = 8 proof 8 x 2 = 16
hence you have the correct answer. We will use this concept to explain
division of negative numbers.**

- 12 **÷ 3 = -4 A positive 3
x (-4) = a negative number in this case -12. In other words the sign of
the answer times the sign of the divisor must give you the sign of the number
being divided. **

**Lets try some problems: 1. 12
÷ (-3) = -4 The answer (-4) multiplied by
the divisor**** (-3) gives us the sign
of the number being divided. 2. -12 **÷** (-3) = 4
**

**If you learn the rules for multiplying negative
numbers then you will not have to learn the following rules for dividing negative
numbers.**

**Rules for dividing negative numbers: 1. A
negative number divide by a positive number must have an answer that is
negative. 2. A positive number divide by a negative number must have an
answer that is negative. 3. A negative number divide by a negative number
must have an answer that is positive. 4. A positive number divided by a positive
number must give an answer that is positive.**