







A puzzling equation 
20181204 

From Manny: Hello,
Can you explain why this is wrong:
1 = (1)^3 = (1)^{6/2} = ((1)^6)^{1/2} = (1)^{1/2} = 1 ??
Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





Adding two negatives 
20180204 

From Pinasshakoane: (23)+(3) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A negative times a negative 
20100325 

From priya: why is minus into minus plus? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Multiplcation of two negative numbers 
20070726 

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 realworld 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)024
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)024
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. 





What is the difference between (3) and (3)? 
20070211 

From Mckaylla: What is the difference between (3) and (3)? Answered by Melanie Tyrer. 





3^4 and (3)^4 
20051217 

From Brad: What is the answer to
3^{4} = ?
(3)^{4} = ?
(3)^{4} = ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





120 divided by 15 
20051109 

From Joshua: how do you evaluate 120 divided by (15) Answered by Penny Nom. 





1242, 826, 1034, 930, 1658 
20050831 

From Elizabeth: here is a math question my niece gave me, grade 7
1242, 826, 1034, 930, 1658
first day of school and this is what they give her no explanation Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sum of two numbers is 5 and their difference is 
20030616 

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 
20020319 

From Jessica: F= 3 + 3 WHAT IS F????? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A negative times a negative 
20000229 

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. 

