# How do you simplify 48 ÷ -3 ?

May 12, 2018

-16

#### Explanation:

$48 \div \left(- 3\right) = - 16$

Two negative numbers multiply to a positive number, so if you ignore the signs and divide 48 by 3, you get 16. Because the 3 is negative, the 16 should also be negative:

$\left(- 3\right) \times \left(- 16\right) = + 48$

May 12, 2018

$- 16$

#### Explanation:

$48 \setminus \div \left(- 3\right) = \frac{48}{-} 3$, can be rewritten as $\left(- 1\right) \cdot \frac{48}{3}$

Simplify the fraction, 48 divided by 3 is 16... so
$\left(- 1\right) \cdot 16 = - 16$