Quick Answer: What Happens If Both Numerator And Denominator Are Negative?

How do you simplify a fraction with a negative numerator?

Simplifying a negative fraction is…


First you factor the numerator and denominator to determine their Greatest Common Factor.

Then you divide both the numerator and denominator by the GCF..

Does flipping a negative fraction make it positive?

Reciprocals of negative numbers work just like reciprocals of positive numbers, except that the positive or negative sign “goes with” the reciprocal. This makes things very easy if you think of it that way. So, the reciprocal of 5 is 1/5, but the reciprocal of -5 is -1/5. It’s that simple.

Can a numerator be zero?

A numerator is allowed to take on the value of zero in a fraction. Any legal fraction (denominator not equal to zero) with a numerator equal to zero has an overall value of zero. all have a fraction value of zero because the numerators are equal to zero.

How do you divide by a negative number?

When you are dividing with negative numbers and positive numbers, just be sure to count the number of negative signs. Two negative signs will cancel each other out. So if you have an even number (or zero) negative signs, then the answer will be positive.

What is a reciprocal of 3?

so the reciprocal of 3 is 13 (and the reciprocal of 13 is 3 .)

How do you make a negative number positive?

Multiply with Minus One to Convert a Positive Number All you have to do just multiply a negative value with -1 and it will return the positive number instead of negative. Below you have a range of cells with negative numbers.

What is a negative times a positive?

Rule 2: A negative number times a positive number equals a negative number. When you multiply a negative number to a positive number, your answer is a negative number. It doesn’t matter which order the positive and negative numbers are in that you are multiplying, the answer is always a negative number.

When a fraction is negative are both numbers negative?

As long as there is only one negative sign, either in front of the fraction, or in the numerator, or in the denominator, the fraction represents a negative quantity. As the examples above illustrate, you are welcome to move the negative sign around from where it is to either of the other two positions…

What happens when the denominator is negative?

Remember, a fraction with a negative sign anywhere is a negative fraction; in other words, it represents a negative quantity. As long as you write only one negative sign, it doesn’t matter whether you put it before the denominator, before the numerator or before the entire fraction.

Does two negatives in a fraction make it positive?

When there are 2 negatives, it equals to a positive.

What to do if the numerator is negative?

When the numerator and denominator have different signs, the quotient is negative. If both the numerator and denominator are negative, then the fraction itself is positive because we are dividing a negative by a negative.

Why does a negative divided by a negative equal a positive?

When you multiply a negative by a negative you get a positive, because the two negative signs are cancelled out.