Divide Negative Numbers

How to divide minus numbers (negative numbers): formula, 3 examples, and their solutions.

Formula

Formula

If diving same signed numbers,
the result is plus.
(+)/(+) = (+)
(-)/(-) = (+)

If diving different signed numbers,
the result is minus.
(+)/(-) = (-)
(-)/(+) = (-)

This is just like multiplying negative numbers.

Example 1

Example

Solution

-24 is minus.
-6 is minus.
So -24/(-6) is minus divided by minus.
So write plus.

24 divided by 6 is 4.
So write 4.

So +4 is the answer.

Example 2

Example

Solution

72 is plus.
-8 is minus.
So 72/(-8) is plus divided by minus.
So write minus.

72 divided by 8 is 9.
So write 9.

So -9 is the answer.

Example 3

Example

Solution

-15 is minus.
3 is plus.
So (-15)/3 is minus divided by plus.
So write minus.

15 divided by 3 is 5.
So write 5.

So -5 is the answer.