Multiplying Negative Numbers
The Rule: How to Multiply Negative Numbers
The result of multiplying negative numbers is given as:
Negative number times negative number = positive number
Negative number times positive number = negative number
Positive number times negative number = negative number
This is because multiplying some number by a negative number flips the sign. So, if a positive number gets multiplied by a negative number, the positive number’s sign gets flipped to negative.
Likewise, if a negative number gets multiplied by a negative number, the negative number’s sign will get flipped to positive.
1.) The negative 4 will flip the sign of the positive 3.
2.) (-4)(3) = -12
1.) The negative 10 will flip the sign of the negative 2.
2.) (-10)(-2) = 20