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The Party in Mathland

The Party in Mathland

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Published by: Mark Valladolid on Dec 01, 2010
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The Party in Mathland
 
Have you ever been to a party like this?Everyone is happy and having a good time (they are
ALL POSITIVE
). Suddenly, whoshould appear but the
GROUCH 
(
ONE NEGATIVE
)! The grouch goes aroundcomplaining to everyone about the food, the music, the room temperature, the other  people....What happens to the party? Everyone feels a lot less happy... the party may bedoomed!!
ONE
 
NEGA
TIV
E
M
AKES
 
 EVERYTHING 
 
NEGA
TIV
E
 
B
ut wait... is that
another 
guest arriving?What if 
another 
grouch (
A SECOND NEGATIVE
) appears? The two negative grouches pair up and gripe and moan
to each other 
about what a horrible party it is and howmiserable they are!!
B
ut look!! They are starting to smile; they're beginning to have agood time, themselves!!
P
A
IR 
S
 
OF
 
NEGA
TIV
ES
B
ECO
M
E
P
OS
ITIV
E
 
 Now that the two grouches are together the rest of the people (who were really positive all along) become happy once again. The party is saved!!
The moral of the story is that (at least in math, when multiplying or dividing) the number of positives don'tmatter, but watch out for those negatives!!To determine whether the outcome will be positive or negative, count the number of negatives: If there are aneven number of negatives
-and you can put them in pairs-
the answer will be positive, if not... it'll be negative:
N
egatives inP
A
IR 
S
areP
OS
ITIV
E;
 
NO
Tin pairs, they're
NEGA
TIV
E
.

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