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what is the rule for dividing positive and negative integers

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Hi, Jarron:


Here are the general rules for dividing positive and negative integers:


1. Dividing a positive integer by a positive integer will always result in a positive integer.

Ex. 20 / 5 = 4. A positive integer (20) is divided by a positive integer (5), which results in a positive integer (4).

 

2. Dividing a negative integer by a negative integer will always result in a positive integer.

Ex. -20 / -5 = 4. A negative integer (-20) is divided by a negative integer (-5), which results in a positive integer (4).

 

3. Dividing a positive integer by a negative interger (or vice versa) will always result in a negative integer.

Ex. -20 / 5 = -4. A negative integer (-20) is divided by a positive integer (5), which results in a negative integer (-4).

OR

Ex. 20 / -5 = -4. A positive integer (20) is divided by a negative integer (-5), which results in a negative integer (-4).


Hope this helps!

Hannah