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# Multiple and factors defnied

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26 Jan 2010, 09:16
Do the negative numbers can be multiples and factors of a given number ?
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26 Jan 2010, 11:10
-ve numbers as well as zero are multiples of integers, -2,-4,-6 are consequctive multiples of 2.
zero is also a multiple of any integer so divisable by all integers.

0/3 = 0 no remainder here so it is divisable by 3.

If you are asking about -ve numbers being factors in sense of prime factorization of a number then no.
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26 Jan 2010, 22:10
Good question....what are the factors of negative number (eg: -10)?
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13 Mar 2010, 13:53
Pedros wrote:
-ve numbers as well as zero are multiples of integers, -2,-4,-6 are consequctive multiples of 2.
zero is also a multiple of any integer so divisable by all integers.

0/3 = 0 no remainder here so it is divisable by 3.

If you are asking about -ve numbers being factors in sense of prime factorization of a number then no.

if we have an expression like (x-3)(x-2)<0 then we say that one of the factor is negative right?
either x-3 or x-2 so how come factors cannot be negative?
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Re: Multiple and factors defnied   [#permalink] 13 Mar 2010, 13:53
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