**a negative number times a negative number equals a positive number?**As my mathphobic daughter would say,

*"No, Mom. Math is something I never think about!"*Well, for all of us who tend to be left brained people, the question can be answered by using a pattern. (Have you noticed a reoccurring theme in my articles?

*All Math is Based on Patterns!*
Let's examine

**4 x -2**which means four sets of -2. Using the number line above, start at zero and move left by twos - four times. Voila! The answer is**-8**. Locate -8 on the number line above. Now try**3 x -2**. Again, begin at zero on the number line, but this time move left by twos - three times. Ta-dah! We arrive at**-6**. Therefore,**3 x -2 =****-6**.
Here is what the mathematical sequence looks like. Moving down the sequence, observe that the farthest left hand column

**by one each time, while the -2 remains**__decreases__**. Simultaneously, the right hand answer column**__constant__**by 2 each time. Therefore, based on this mathematical pattern, we can conclude that**__increases__**a negative times a negative equals a positive!!!!**

**Isn't mathematics amazing?**

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