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 March 29th, 2008, 08:40 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Mar 2008 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Long division when the dividend is negative How do you solve a division problem sans calculator (if the answer isn't obvious) if the dividend is a negative number? For example, -29 : 4
 March 29th, 2008, 09:09 AM #2 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0 Can you be more specific? I don't know what you're trying to say here. If I make an assumption, then if -29/4, then just the basic arithmetic is required, and you shouldn't need a calculator for this one.
 March 29th, 2008, 10:49 AM #3 Newbie   Joined: Mar 2008 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Actually, nevermind...I figured out what I was doing wrong. I'll explain. There are two problems for which I needed to find the remainder and quotient. One was dividing 29 by -4. For that, q=-7 and r=1 The other was -29 by 4. For that I now realize the answer is q=-8 and r=3...because the remainder cannot be a negative number. That was all, but I do know that in both cases the answer is still -7.25. Sorry, it was a stupid question.

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