Negative

Pronunciation: /ˈnɛg ə tɪv/ Explain
  • The negative of a number is the number with the sign changed. The negative of 5 is -5. The negative of -3 is --3 = 3. The negative of x is -x. The negative of -x is --x = x. A double negative is the negative of a negative. The double negative of x is --x = x.

  • A negative number is a number whose value is less than zero. Two examples of negative numbers are -1, -5.5.

References

  1. Fine, Henry B., Ph. D.. Number-System of Algebra Treated Theoretically and Historically. 2nd edition. pp 6-12. www.archive.org. D. C. Heath & Co., Boston, U.S.A.. 1907. Last Accessed 12/19/2009. http://www.archive.org/stream/thenumbersystemo17920gut/17920-pdf#page/n15/mode/1up/search/negative. Buy the book
  2. Keigwin, H. W.. Principles of Elementary Algebra. pg 3. www.archive.org. Ginn & Company. 1886. Last Accessed 1/12/2010. http://www.archive.org/stream/principlesofelem00dupurich#page/n8/mode/1up/search/negative. Buy the book
  3. Bettinger, Alvin K. and Englund, John A.. Algebra and Trigonometry. pg 4. www.archive.org. International Textbook Company. January 1963. Last Accessed 1/12/2010. http://www.archive.org/stream/algebraandtrigon033520mbp#page/n18/mode/1up. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Negative. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/n/negative.html.

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