# How do you multiply 4*-3?

The $- 3$ can be written as $\left(- 1\right) \left(3\right)$ and so can be seen as a multiplication. Multiply by 4 and get $- 12$.

#### Explanation:

Let's break down the expression a little:

The original is:

$4 \cdot - 3$

What we have here is a 4 and it's multiplying $- 3$. And $- 3$ is $- 1$ times 3. So we can rewrite this to say:

$4 \cdot \left(- 1\right) \cdot 3$

We can do the multiplication in whichever order we'd like - I'll multiply the positive numbers first, then multiply by the negative:

$4 \cdot 3 \cdot \left(- 1\right) = 12 \cdot \left(- 1\right) = - 12$