# brackets

• May 12th 2009, 07:01 AM
andyboy179
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hi i need to know how to work this question out, (-3) X (-4)
would it just be -3 X -4 = 12
• May 12th 2009, 07:07 AM
masters
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Originally Posted by andyboy179
hi i need to know how to work this question out, (-3) X (-4)
would it just be -3 X -4 = 12

You are correct. (Clapping) With parentheses, you really do not need to use the 'X' to represent multiplication.
• May 12th 2009, 07:10 AM
andyboy179
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Originally Posted by masters
You are correct. (Clapping) With parentheses, you really do not need to use the 'X' to represent multiplication.

so just to make sure 2 x (-3) is a x -3

and 24/ (-8) is 24/ -8
• May 12th 2009, 07:44 AM
HallsofIvy
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Originally Posted by andyboy179
so just to make sure 2 x (-3) is a x -3

I'm not sure what you mean by "a x -3". Certainly that say "2 times -3" which is -6.

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and 24/ (-8) is 24/ -8
Yes. and, of course, 24/(-8)= -3. Some people would object to "24/-8" on the grounds that it looks like you have two operations (division: /) and (subtraction: -) without a number between them.
• May 12th 2009, 07:51 AM
andyboy179
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Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
I'm not sure what you mean by "a x -3". Certainly that say "2 times -3" which is -6.

Yes. and, of course, 24/(-8)= -3. Some people would object to "24/-8" on the grounds that it looks like you have two operations (division: /) and (subtraction: -) without a number between them.

sorry i did mean 2 x -3, i don't know how i got a x -3