Question about fractions

sissylokey

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I just solved an equation and the answer came out to be

-8/-3



Is there any possible way to make that exact answer a positive??

We are supppper confused
 

mathelete

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that would be -8/3 , which is...?
 

sissylokey

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-2.666666666667

and thats not a fraction nor a positive
 

Mrspi

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sissylokey said:
I just solved an equation and the answer came out to be

-8/-3



Is there any possible way to make that exact answer a positive??

We are supppper confused
Sure....remember that when you divide two numbers with the same sign, the result is always positive. So, (-8)/(-3) is just 8/3.
 

tkhunny

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Think on this.

\(\displaystyle \L\frac{a}{b}\;=\;\frac{-a}{-b}\;=\;-\frac{a}{-b}\;=\;-\frac{-a}{b}\)
 
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