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A fraction with a negative exponent in the denominator 2015-04-30
From ellen:
7/ab to the -4 power
Answered by Penny Nom.
What is -3 squared? 2014-11-12
From Christine:
On a math test, it said "What is -3 squared?" It did NOT say "What's is (-3)squared"

The teacher's explanation is that if there are no brackets or parenthesis, you ALWAYS square the number first then do the negative, so the answer should be -9, but I can't find anywhere that confirms this.

Help please.

Answered by Robert Dawson.
Changing the sign of an inequality 2012-09-19
From Bryauna:
Why do you change the signs in inequalities?!
Answered by Penny Nom.
Exponential form 2012-09-04
From angie:
How do i write 9^-5 in exponential form?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Exponential form 2012-01-15
From Helen:
How do you write (1/x) in exponential form?
Answered by Penny Nom.
(27^r^-1)^-2/3 2011-04-24
From Yung-Ju:
(27^r^-1)^-2/3
Answered by Penny Nom.
A Squared Number That's Negative 2010-09-22
From David:
What is the only number that when it's squared becomes negative?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
What is -2^2? 2010-08-25
From alex:
I know that (-2)^2 is 4 but what is -2^2?
Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom.
A negative times a negative 2010-03-25
From priya:
why is minus into minus plus?
Answered by Harley Weston.
The test for some disease is 99% accurate 2010-02-24
From baaba:
Assume that the test for some disease is 99% accurate. If somebody tests positive for that disease, is there a 99% chance that they have the disease?
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Percentage increase from a negative to a positive 2010-01-12
From Greg:
If a company had a net lost in 2005 of $11,234 and net income of $3231 in 2006, what is the percentage annual growth in income between the two years?
Answered by Robert Dawson.
The intervals where the function is positive and negative 2010-01-10
From Ron:
Hello

I'm trying to find out the intervals where the function is positive and negative. It's for a polynomial function y= -(x+2)^2 (x-2) and y= (x+1)(x+4)(x-3)

I have tried the right and left side of each x-intercepts, but I still don't understand the results

thank you for your help

Answered by Penny Nom.
A number base that's not a positive integer 2009-12-11
From Nick:
Is it possible for a number to have a base that's not a positive integer? Base 1 gives a result that's meaningless but possible. I have no concept of a base 0, a negative base, or a fractional base, never mind any other base. I think there isn't any base that's not a positive integer, but, knowing that math keeps jumping ahead and sometimes has inventions before anyone knows how to exploit them, I think I'd better ask.

Thank you.

Nick

Answered by Robert Dawson and Claude Tardif.
The maximum number of right angles in a polygon 2009-10-05
From Bruce:
Is there way other than by trial and error drawing to determine the maximum number of right angles in a polygon? Secondary question would be maximum number of right angles in a CONVEX polygon. Is there a mathematical way to look at this for both convex and concave polygons? Or are we limited to trial and error drawing?
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Percent increase from a negative number to a positive number 2009-04-21
From Brian:
I have no problem calculating year over year net profits but am having trouble when it comes to a negative.
2007 Net Profit = -110,333.00
2008 Net Profit = 66,054.00

Brian

Answered by Harley Weston.
Comparing positive and negative fractions 2009-03-24
From Christyrose:
Hello. I am a sixth grade math student and i need help on how to compare negative and positive fractions.

Here is is:
3/4 -2/3 7/10 -5/6

I'm not sure how to do the negative parts because i was absent for a couple days. Thank you!

Christyrose

Answered by Penny Nom.
A fraction with negative exponents 2009-02-14
From Gabriel:
What does the line seperating the top from the bottom mean? what does it tell you to do and what is the answer to the question?

Question 3

Simplify. Write the answer using only positive exponents. Assume all variables represent nonzero numbers.

(x^-5)^-4(x^-1y)^3
________________
(xy^4)^3


Answered by Penny Nom.
Multiplying negative numbers 2009-01-15
From stephanie:
hi, I'm currently working in a grade 8 class where the students are learning about integers. the students were asked to find examples of how integers are applied in real life. they were able to find aplications for: adding and subtracting both positive and negative integers. however, we could not find an example of where two negative integers would be either divided or multiplied together in real life. For example: (-2)(-4)= +8. please help.
Answered by Harley Weston.
Negative rate of change 2009-01-12
From hemanshu:
when i have to find rate of change of decrease in any value my ans comes in negative why??????????
Answered by Penny Nom.
A product of positive and negative numbers 2008-10-03
From kaylou:
Suppose you were given 13 numbers and asked to find their product. Seven of the numbers were positive, and the rest were negative. Would your product be positive or negative? Why?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative Exponents 2008-01-29
From Bill:
t to the negative fourth power inside parenthesis to the ninth power
OVER
t to the negative fourth power inside parenthesis to the third power

I am confused on how to start the problem. What I did was invert the Ts to make them positive and I then multiplied the powers. I am not sure if this is the correct process.

Answered by Harley Weston.
x^3 y^(-6) 2008-01-24
From Bill:
I need help completing this negative exponents problem:

x to the power of 3 multiplied by y to the power of negative 6.

What would the process to solving this problem be?

Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative numbers 2007-12-14
From mannal:
what negative integers do we use in the real world? like -30 temperature?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Multiplying an inequality by a negative number 2007-11-27
From Lisa:
Why is it that you have to switch the sign of the inequality when you divide or multiply by an negative number to solve for a variable?
Answered by Penny Nom and Walter Whiteley.
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? -Brett

Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston.
Proving a quadrilateral is a rectangle 2007-07-14
From Sonja:
I was having this discussion with another teacher and we need a third opinion. When you are trying to prove a quadrilateral is a rectangle which method should you use:
  1. Prove the shape is a parallelogram by doing slope 4 times by stating that parallel lines have equal slopes. Then proving a right angle by stating that perpendicular lines have negative reciprocal slopes.
  2. Doing the slope 4 times and stating that the shape is a rectangle because opposite sides are parallel because of equal slopes and it contains a right angle because of negative reciprocal slopes.
I guess the real question is do you have to first state that the shape is a parallelogram?

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Limits as x approaches a constant 2007-06-25
From Mac:
can you please tell me what is the reason they say "denominator is a negative quantity" in the solution 11 and "denominator is a positive quantity" solution 10 ??
If i guess correctly, for solution 10, its because of x^2 in the denominator.

Answered by Penny Nom.
A subtraction problem with negative numbers 2007-04-12
From Bridget:
my daughter has to change a subtraction problem with negative numbers in it to an addition problem with negative numbers and then solve the problem such as: -4-(-2)=?
Answered by Penny Nom.
What is the difference between -(3) and (-3)? 2007-02-11
From Mckaylla:
What is the difference between -(3) and (-3)?
Answered by Melanie Tyrer.
Negative exponents 2007-01-11
From Bob:
I have to write this "Y-7" (but the -7 is an exponent) as a positive exponent. How?
Answered by Penny Nom.
2 to the -5th power 2006-06-19
From Murray:
Is 2 to the -5th power = -32?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Simplifying with negative exponents 2006-05-02
From Kristine:

I am having a hard time understanding factoring and multiplying polynomials. I have a couple of problems I just can't get, can you please help me?

Simplify, do not use negatives in the answer:
(5a-1b-7)(-2a4b2)

and:
(5x2y-7z)(-4xy-3z-4)


Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
-3^4 and (-3)^4 2005-12-17
From Brad:
What is the answer to

-34 = ?
-(3)4 = ?

(-3)4 = ?

Answered by Penny Nom.
How do you simplify a fraction if one of the numbers is negative? 2005-12-05
From Stephanie:

Question: How do you simplify a fraction if one of the numbers is negative?

Ex. -32/40


Answered by Penny Nom.
-120 divided by -15 2005-11-09
From Joshua:
how do you evaluate -120 divided by (-15)
Answered by Penny Nom.
Adding positive and negative numbers 2005-09-03
From Billy:
46 + -24 =
-38 + -22 =
19 - 20 =

Answered by Penny Nom.
12-42, 8-26, 10-34, 9-30, 16-58 2005-08-31
From Elizabeth:
here is a math question my niece gave me, grade 7

12-42, 8-26, 10-34, 9-30, 16-58

first day of school and this is what they give her no explanation

Answered by Harley Weston.
Strategies for teaching operations with positive and negative decimal numbers 2005-02-02
From Erin:
I am wondering if you can suggest any strategies for teaching operations with positive and negative decimal numbers that do not rely on rules that must be memorized?
Answered by Diane Hanson.
Two consecutive negative integers 2004-01-17
From Amanda:
Find two consecutive negative intergers whose product is 182.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Positive, negative and zero 2003-09-04
From Brian:
Can the Value of zero be positive or can it be negative or can it be both.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The sum of two numbers is 5 and their difference is 2003-06-16
From Akhil:
The sum of two numbers is 5 and their difference is 11. What is the product of the two numbers?
Answered by Penny Nom.
F = -3 + 3 2002-03-19
From Jessica:
F= -3 + 3 WHAT IS F?????
Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative exponents 2002-01-16
From Julie:
If z to the power of -4= 1/z4 then how would you solve 1/t-2?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative numbers 2001-11-15
From Jewel:
If zero means nothing or an empty set, then how can a number be less than zero, as in negative number? My understanding of negative numbers is distance from a set point in a given direction. Thus having a negative and positive side of a line is arbritary and is related to displacement rather than value. Am I in error?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Squares of negative numbers 2001-11-03
From Susana:
I wanted to know if I can square a negative number..?
Answered by Leeanne Boehm.
(-3)to the power 2, divided by 3 2001-10-31
From Raz:
what is (-3)to the power 2, divided by 3=
Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative times negative is positive 2001-10-26
From Mary:
I have a question about adding and multiplying positive and negative numbers. When we add two negative numbers the answer is negative BUT when we multiply two negative numbers the answer is positive. I don't understand. Why?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Why do you flip the inequality sign? 2001-10-26
From Sean:
I have a question about an inequality problem. Here it is: Solve and graph 5 - 3x => 17. (=> is greater than or equal). Please tell me why you flip the inequality sign when divinding by a negative number.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Integers 2001-09-09
From A student:
I am a Grade 9 student from Ontario Canada who has never understood how to do integers very well. I was wondering if you would be able to either send me some sites that will tell me how to calculate them in a simple way or if you would be able to write me back and give me some pointers.
Answered by Leeanne Boehm.
A negative times a negative 2000-02-29
From Michael J. Butler :
I have reviewed the answer in relation to the question of why (-3)x(-2)=6; however, I am still not able to properly explain the reasoning to my son, Jonathan, who is in grade 7. I want him to understand the reason for the rule that the multiplication or division of two negative numbers equals a positive number. Can you help?
Answered by Chris Fisher.
-log(a) 1999-10-22
From Brenda Miskimmin:
I need to know the mercury concentration in mg/L or ng/L for the following:

-log M (Hg) = 8.5

where mw of Hg=200.59

(it's the negative sign in front of log that confuses me).
Answered by Harley Weston.

Is zero positive? 1999-09-03
From Shah:
Is zero a positive integer?
Answered by Penny Nom.
A double negative 1999-09-01
From Dennis:
If b = -2 what does -b = ? As in (a + 8.5) - [(-b) + |c|] a = 1.5, c = -1.7
Answered by Penny Nom.
Division by a negative 1999-08-19
From Sangeeta B.:
56/-8
Answered by Penny Nom.
Negative Primes. 1997-11-10
From Leah Zucker and Paul Michael:
I have received the following question via e-mail from my granddaughter: "Can negative numbers (like -7) be prime? If not, why not?"
Answered by Chris Fisher.
(-3)x(-2) 1995-10-25
From Azmat:
Why is (-3)x(-2) = 6?
Answered by Herley Weston and Ed Giesbrecht.
 
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