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Please, what is -frac{4}{2} in its simplest form??

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asked 2021-02-19
Please, what is $$\displaystyle-{\frac{{{4}}}{{{2}}}}$$ in its simplest form??

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2021-02-20

Remember that a fraction is equivalent to division. That is, the fraction a/b is equivalent to $$a \div b$$.
Therefore, $$\displaystyle-{\frac{{{4}}}{{{2}}}}$$ is equivalent to $$-4 \div 2.$$
The quotient of two numbers with opposite signs is negative and the quotient of two numbers with the same sign is positive.
Since −4 and 2 have opposite signs, then $$−4 \div 2$$ will equal a negative number.
Since $$\displaystyle{4}÷{2}={2}$$, then $$\displaystyle−{4}÷{2}=−{2}$$

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