The fact that a negative times a negative equals a positive can be proven mathematically using algebraic manipulation. Specifically, it can be proven using the equation x = (a)(b) + (-a)(b) + (-a)(-b), where a and b are ... More »

Multiplying two numbers with like signs, either two positive numbers or two negative numbers, yields a positive number. Numbers not preceded by a sign are considered positive. Those numbers preceded by a minus sign, some... More » Math Arithmetic

Because a negative exponent turns the base into its reciprocal, a simple method for dividing negative exponents is letting the negative cancel and multiplying by the positive exponential expression. Regents Prep notes th... More »

A negative number divided by a negative number always yields a positive number. For instance, -4 / -2 = 2. In other words, there are two -2s in -4. More »

Algebra 1 focuses on the manipulation of equations, inequalities, relations and functions, exponents and monomials, and it introduces the concept of polynomials. One of the key skills learned in Algebra 1 is the ability ... More »

According to Math Open Reference, pi is a mathematical constant obtained by dividing the circumference of any circle by its diameter. Pi is about 22/7 or 3.142. However, no one knows its exact value. More »

One interesting fact about algebra is that the name originated from the Arabic word "al-jabr." Its history began in ancient Egypt and Babylon. The Persian mathematician Muhammed ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi is credited as one o... More »