Comments on: A Minus Times a Minus http://www.danvk.org/wp/2008-12-31/a-minus-times-a-minus/ Keepin' static like wool fabric since 2006 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:33:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Jagjit (jack) http://www.danvk.org/wp/2008-12-31/a-minus-times-a-minus/comment-page-1/#comment-31950 Sun, 23 May 2010 09:59:03 +0000 http://www.danvk.org/wp/?p=376#comment-31950 Another Soln

This is not a proof, however a demonstration for a curious kid why negative times negative is positive. It may be helpful to think that when dealing with the numbers ‘-’ or ‘+’ signs are identical to ‘-1 times’ or ‘+1 times’. Here is an example:

-5 = ‘-1 times’ 5

A number plus a negative number can result zero. Lets take the number ‘1’ that is ‘+1’, then take ‘-1’. It could have been any other number. The MAIN assumption is:

1 -1 = 0
Without losing the effect we can times the equation by ‘-’ or ‘-1’ then:
-1 -(-1) = 0

Since both equations are the same, that means:
-1 -(-1) = 1 -1

that means:
-(-1) = 1

it shows:

‘-’ times ‘-’ is plus
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This approach is also helpful to show why ‘+’ times ‘-’ is ‘-’

Let us safely assume ‘1’, which is ‘+1’, times a number results in the number, i.e. ‘1 times’ 10 is 10. Then ‘1 times’ ‘-1’ is ‘-1’ . That is:

‘+1 times’ -1 = -1

That shows: ‘-’ times ‘+’ results ‘-’
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By: Jagjit (jack) http://www.danvk.org/wp/2008-12-31/a-minus-times-a-minus/comment-page-1/#comment-31666 Mon, 10 May 2010 12:07:27 +0000 http://www.danvk.org/wp/?p=376#comment-31666 1 * a = a, ”here ‘a’ is any number”
hence, 1 * (-1) = (-1)
also, -1 * a = -a, ”here ‘a’ is any number”
hence, -1 * (-1) = – (-1)
Negative of +1 = -1
negative of (-1) = 1, because a number plus the negative of the
number adds up to zero, for instance when -1 + x = 0, that means x=1
From above, (-1) * (-1) = – (-1) = negative of (-1) = 1

That shows (minus * minus ) yields plus

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By: mom http://www.danvk.org/wp/2008-12-31/a-minus-times-a-minus/comment-page-1/#comment-16112 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:49:36 +0000 http://www.danvk.org/wp/?p=376#comment-16112 Minus times minus equals a plus,
The reasons for this we need not discuss.

OK, that’s the version I tell my students. And I tell them about both of you as well–my fine sons! One of these days I’ll try to go over Dan’s explanation with them. But he is right. I like yours better, Jeff!

Ogden Nash? How did you come up with that?

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By: Your brother http://www.danvk.org/wp/2008-12-31/a-minus-times-a-minus/comment-page-1/#comment-16105 Sat, 03 Jan 2009 02:04:33 +0000 http://www.danvk.org/wp/?p=376#comment-16105 Minus times minus results in a plus,
The reason for this, we needn’t discuss.
– Ogden Nash

Actually, I’m not sure that’s the exact quote either, nor even the right source. Like Yogi Berra, Nash didn’t actually say half the things he said. But at least the rhythm is a little closer to matching and I’ve found it cited that way at least once on-line. I just wouldn’t want your readers to think that your brother recites couplets where one line has three more syllables than the other. :-)

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