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 Multiplcation of two negative numbers 2007-07-26 From Brett:Someone asked a question about multiplication and division of two negative numbers yielding a positive result here: http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/qq/database/QQ.09.99/butler1.html I was not fully happy with the explanation b/c I want to give me daughter a real-world example and I can't seem to find one. The following illustrates why multiplying negative numbers has become difficult to explain: 2 X 2 = 4 ----(-4)---(-2)---0---2---4 In this example we start with 2 and then want 2 more of them. When we move across the number line from 2 to our answer, which is four, we have moved only 2 units to the right. -2 X -2 = 4 ----(-4)---(-2)---0---2---4 In this example we start with -2 and then want -2 more of them. When we move across the number line from -2 to our answer, which is four, we have moved 6 units to the right. How can the phenomenon of multiplying two negative numbers being more powerful than multiplying two positive numbers be explained? -BrettAnswered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston.

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