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Negative signs in fractions

Sal finds equivalent expressions to -g/h.

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  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Gustaf Liljegren
    Here's my understanding of this. There are 8 possible combinations: x/y, -x/y, x/-y, -x/-y, -(x/y), -(-x/y), -(x/-y), and -(-x/-y). They can all be simplified to either x/y or -(x/y), which is x/y positive or negative. When there's no negative sign before the whole expression (the first 4 combinations), normal rules apply (pos/pos = pos, pos/neg = neg, neg/pos = neg, neg/neg = pos). When there is a negative sign before the expression (the last 4 combinations), the opposite rules apply (i.e. evaluate the expression as if it wasn't there and then take the negative of the result you get).
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  • starky ultimate style avatar for user Nerf Master
    just wondering is -6 / (-2) = 6 / 2?
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    • mr pink green style avatar for user David Severin
      Yes, in multiplying/dividing positive and negative numbers, count number of - signs. If it is 0,2,4 or even numbers, answer is positive, and if 1,3,5,odd answer is snegative.
      You have 2 negatives, so answer is positive. If you have (-6)^2/(-2) you end up with 3 negatives, so answer is -36/2=-18.
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  • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Wyatt Piper
    Why did we learn this AFTER lessons that needed it?
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  • blobby blue style avatar for user Ronin Quiala
    I am currently very confused.
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  • duskpin sapling style avatar for user nelms.isaiah
    At why can you put the negative sign on the top, bottom, or middle? Shouldn't it matter where it goes?
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  • leafers seedling style avatar for user 20172760
    This helped me understand this better.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user slplymale
    why are there so many combinations
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    • boggle green style avatar for user Seth | Flightsong Studios
      There are a lot of places to put the negative sign, if that's what you mean! They're all just ways of showing whether or not the number is negative. Depending on how you work with an operation, the negative number may end up in different spots.

      Needless to say, sometimes I get mixed up as well. I just count the number of negative signs applying to the fraction and decide if it's a negative number with the rule that if there's an even number of "-" signs it's a positive; if there's an odd number, it's negative.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user TruthBeToldTwice
    It seems like conflicting information to say that you can multiply the negative sign that's in FRONT of an entire fraction by either the numerator (at ) or the denominator (at ). The contradiction is confusing.
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  • mr pants teal style avatar for user Aarush kotwal
    hey can we turn a negetive fraction to possitive when transposing to RHS
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  • blobby green style avatar for user lomesha
    Im not sure if I am wrong but in the video at he says that it is not equal but im pretty sure that he is wrong because the second one is the same. If you convert the negative sign to make it a positive you still have one more negative sign that he didn't adress. PLz telll me if im wrong
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Video transcript

- We already know a good bit about negative numbers. And we know a good bit of fractions. So you can imagine we're going to start seeing negatives and fractions together a lot. What I want to do in this video is just make sure we have a decent understanding how to manipulate negative signs when we see them in fractions. For example, if I have the fraction negative 1/2. Here I have the negative out in front of the entire 1/2. This is the same thing as negative one over two. And it's going to be the same thing as one over negative two. Now I could also think about something like negative one over negative two. Now it's important to realize one way to think about this as a fraction is you could view this as negative one divided by negative two. And we already know, if you divide a negative by a negative it would be a positive. So this right over here is going to be the same thing as 1/2. This is going to be the same thing as positive 1/2. Now with that out of the way, let's think a little bit. Let's do some example problems that might push our thinking on this a little bit more. So this first question. Which of the following expressions are equivalent to negative g over h? Negative G over H. Select all that apply. All right, so this has all sorts of negatives here. So at first it looks a little bit unusual. But then we need to just realize that this part. Actually, let me just square this off in blue right over here. Negative g over negative h. We've already figured that out. We actually looked at that right over here. If you have a negative divided by a negative, that's the same thing as a positive value divided by the positive value. So negative g over negative h, is the same thing as g over h. And then you still have this negative out front. You still have that negative out front. So this one right over here is actually equal to negative g over h. When we think about it, negative divided by a negative is a positive and you still have this negative out here. So that's the same thing. And this right over here, negative in front. And then you have g over negative h. This is going to be the same thing. You could rewrite this, you could put the negative on top as negative g over negative h. And then this would be equal to g over h, which is different. This is positive g over h. This is negative g over h. So we wouldn't select that. And of course we wouldn't select "None of the above." Cause we found a choice that we liked. All right. Which of the following expressions are equivalent to five over b. Select all that apply. All right, so this one over here. Negative five over negative b. Well we could remember that this negative, we could write this is the same thing as negative five over negative b. And I just want to make it clear we're that negative. So this is negative Instead of writing it negative in front of the entire fraction, I could essentially multiply the negative one times just the numerator. So you could write this as negative five over negative b. And negative divided by a negative is going to be a positive. So this actually is going to be equal to positive five over b, which is what we're looking for. So this is going to be right. Now this one, negative divided by a negative, well that's just going to be positive. So that's the same thing as five over b. One way to think about it is that well the negatives kind of cancel each other out. So five over b, that looks good too. And of course I won't select none of the above because I found two choices that worked. All right, let's do one more. Which of the following expressions are equal to negative e over negative f? And remember we just have to take this step by step here. Actually let's try to just simplify this directly. So negative e over negative f. Well we just need to remind ourselves that this part right over here. Negative e over negative f. Let me write an equal sign. Negative e over, and I'm gonna put this negative. Let me do this in a different color. Let me do this in purple. So we have this purple. So we have that purple negative right over there. And negative e over negative f. We've already talked about this multiple times. That's the same thing as negative's divided by a negative is a positive. That's the same thing as e over f, as positive e over f. So this whole thing will simplify to negative e over f. So let's see which of these choices are that. Well this right here is positive e over f. So that's not the choice. This one over here. This one we could write it several ways actually. We could write it negative negative e over f. Which of course is equal to positive e over f. We could also write this. We could put the negative in the denominator. We could say that this thing. Actually let me write it over here as negative e over negative f. This is also a legitimate thing to do. You could take this negative and multiply it times the denominator. Right over here. But either way it's going to be equal to positive e over f. These two are actually evaluate to the same expression. So here, I would select. Finally, I would select. I've been waiting to select "None of the above." All right, hopefully that helps.