# What happens when a negative number is divided by a positive number?

## What happens when a negative number is divided by a positive number?

When you divide a negative number by a positive number, your answer is a negative number. As with multiplication, it doesn’t matter which order the positive and negative numbers are in, the answer is always a negative number. For example: -8 /2 = -4. And, the answer is still -4, when 8 is divided by -2.

Is a negative divided by a negative is always positive?

When you divide two negative numbers, the answer is always a positive number. For example, -4 divided by -2 equals 2. When both numbers are negative, the negatives cancel out, resulting in the answer always being a positive number.

### Is the remainder of a number always negative?

That is true, but to answer your question whether remainder can be negative, the answer is YES. Even as per Brent’s explanation -17/5 = -3 2/5 = converting again into fraction will give -3 x 5 + (-2) = -17/5. So to calculate the remainder of -11/6, do you let the quotient be -2 and r 1, or quotient -1 and r -5?

Can a negative number be divided by a positive number?

And, the answer is still -4, when 8 is divided by -2. Rule 3: a negative number divided by a negative number equals a positive number. Two negatives make a positive, so a negative number divided by a negative number equals a positive number. For example, -8 / -2 = 4.

## What is the remainder when n is divided by 3?

The remainder when n is divided by 3 is 1, and the remainder when n+1 is divided by 2 is 1. If you try n =10 you get that the remainder is 3. But if you try n= -10 the remainder is 1 with quotient -2 or -5 with quotient -1 remainder = 2 with quotient -4, or -4 with quotient -2, or -7 with quotient -1?

Do you measure to the left of a negative number?

You naturally do the same thing when measuring to the left (negative lengths). The next day you get a bit more abstract and define the rational numbers. It turns out that your method is actually the way to represent a rational number as a mixed number. Just for fun, check out