Multiplying integers: Positives and Negatives
Today during class we learned how to multiply integers!
We started off with a very simple question and it was:
(+4) x (+3)= 12
Figuring out the answer is simple if you write the question down first. In this case the question in L.A form would be 4 groups of 3. This means: 3+3+3+3= 12, this is called repeat addition (skip count).
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Even if this is a simple question we have to model the question to show our work.
Lets practice on one more multiplying positive integers question.
2 groups of 3. 3+3=6
Multiplying with negative and positive integers:(-4)x(3)=
To make this question easier you must write it down in words.
Negative 4 remove groups of positive 3. To remove something that isn't there you must use zero pairs, in this case you have to use 12 (=4x3).
Now that you have your 4 groups of 3, like in what we wrote later we have to "remove 4 groups of positive 3".Negative x Negative multiplying.
Negative 2 remove groups of negative 3= positive 6