# THE ARITHMETIC OF INTEGERS. - multiplication, exponentiation, division, addition, and subtraction

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Recall that an integer is one of the whole numbers, which may be either positive, negative, or zero.

We will study all five in detail in this tutorial.

Exponentiation (a special case of multiplication) will also be covered as a separate topic because of its importance in science-related applications.

The integer number system has five arithmetical operations.

Each integer is said to be a signed number, which has either a positive sign or a negative sign.

Only the number 0 may be considered as being either positive or negative.

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In that sense, an integer is simply either a natural number with a positive or negative sign attached to it or the number 0 which may also considered

a signed number.

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Any signed number with no visible sign is assumed to be positive.

Conventions

### n n = + n

The minus sign in front of a number may be regarded as the product of (-1) times the number or:

For example:

### 2 = + 2 0 = + 0

Remember that is an exception because it may be considered as either positive or negative depending on the context. Therefore:

For example:

or:

### + n = ( ) +1 . n ( ) n

The plus sign in front of a number may be regarded as the product of (+1) times the number or:

For example:

### + 11 = ( ) +1 . ( ) 11

where is a natural number:

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The absolute value of a signed number is the number itself without the sign.

By convention 1, it is always a positive number. Sometimes, it is regarded as the positive part of the signed number.

The Absolute Value of a Signed Number

For example:

Notation:

### | | = + 0

where is a natural number.

### | | = + 5

Note that the absolute value is always positive.

by convention 1

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The product of two signed numbers is found by multiplying the numbers (without the signs) together and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

Multiplying Signed Numbers

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Any product of positive numbers is also a positive number.

The product of an even number of negative numbers is a positive number.

The product of an odd number of negative numbers is a negative number.

EXAMPLE 1

### ( ) ( ) -1 = +4 ( ) . ( ) -1 = - 4 1 - 4 ( ) . =

This is the justification for convention 2.

The Rule of Signs for Products

Each of these numbers is a factor of the entire product.

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n

n times

### := . . ... .

The notation for the exponential operation is as follows:

### n n

The exponential operation is a special case of the operation of multiplication. An integer, or a signed number, when

multiplied together with itself times, is said to be taken to the exponent (or power) .

n

n times

exponent

integer

### n

The product of two signed numbers is found by multiplying the numbers (without the signs) together and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

Multiplying Signed Numbers

All rules for multiplying signed numbers apply to evaluating exponentials of integers.

The notation for the exponential operation is as follows:

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The Exponential Operation of Signed Numbers

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The Exponential Operation of Signed Numbers

EXAMPLE 1

3

3 times

### - 64

exponent

integer

An odd number of negative factors means a negative product.

EXAMPLE 2

4

4 times

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exponent

integer

An even number of negative factors means a positive product.

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At this initial stage of division, simply determine the sign

of the numerator and the sign of the denominator separately.

Then apply the Rule of Signs for Quotients.

Dividing Signed Numbers

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Any quotient of positive numbers is also a positive number.

The quotient of two negative numbers is a positive number.

The quotient of one negative number and one positive number is a negative number.

The Rule of Signs for Quotients

EXAMPLE 1

## ( ) _ = - 11 6_

One negative sign in both numerator and denominator

means a negative quotient.

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Dividing Signed Numbers

EXAMPLE 2

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Don’t assume that a negative sign outside the fraction affects both numerator and denominator.

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The negative sign may be applied to either numerator or denominator but NOT BOTH.

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If the number of negative factors in both numerator and denominator is even, then the quotient is positive.

If the number of negative factors in both numerator and denominator is odd, then the quotient is negative.

Alternate Rule of Signs for Quotients

Dividing Signed Numbers

EXAMPLE 3

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Three negative signs in both numerator

and denominator means a negative quotient.

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The sum of two signed numbers with the same sign is found by adding the numbers (without the signs) together and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

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Any sum of positive numbers is also a positive number.

Any sum of negative numbers is also a negative number.

The sum of a positive number with a negative number will have the same sign as the larger (in absolute value) of the two numbers.

The Rule of Signs for Sums

Case 1: when both numbers have the same sign

The sum of two signed numbers having opposite signs is found by subtracting the smaller number (without the sign) from the larger number (without the sign) and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

Case 2: when the numbers have opposite signs

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The sum of two signed numbers with the same sign is found by adding the numbers (without the signs) together and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

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Case 1: when both numbers have the same sign

EXAMPLE 1

### ( ) 17 ( ) = = + 21

Any sum of positive numbers is also a positive number.

Any sum of negative numbers is also a negative number.

The Rule of Signs for Sums

### ( ) ( ) -1 + ( ) 0 + ( ) -8 = - 3 1 0 8 ( ) + + + = - 12

Each of these numbers is called a term of the entire sum.

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EXAMPLE 2

### ( ) -7 ( ) = = - 4

The sum of a positive number with a negative number will have the same sign as the larger (in absolute value) of the two numbers.

The Rule of Signs for Sums

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The sum of two signed numbers having opposite signs is found by subtracting the smaller number (without the sign) from the larger number (without the sign) and then applying the Rule of Signs to the answer.

Case 2: when the numbers have opposite signs

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EXAMPLE 3

### + 75 - 33

When there are more than two terms in a sum, add the numbers pairwise from left to right.

### = - ( ) 43 - 42= - 1

Case 2: when the numbers have opposite signs

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Convert the subtraction problem into an addition of signed numbers as follows:

where , are signed numbers.

Then add the resulting signed numbers together according to the appropriate rules.

Subtracting Signed Numbers

EXAMPLE 1

### ( ) ( ) 75 = / -33 ( )( ) - 75 = + 2475

After bringing the minus sign into the bracket of the second term, do not forget to place a plus sign in between the two terms. Otherwise, the subtraction problem has incorrectly turned into a multiplication problem.

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Subtracting Signed Numbers

EXAMPLE 2

### What to do

When there are two subtractions, one following the other, subtract the numbers pairwise from left to right.

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The value of a fraction is NOT changed if BOTH numerator and denominator are either multiplied or divided by the same non-zero number.

Moreover, two or more fractions may have the same numerical value even though their numerators and

denominators are not identical.

For example, 4/8 and 5/10 are both equal to ½, but their numerators and denominators do not match.

In this case, they are said to be equivalent.

The Fundamental Law of Fractions REVIEW:

REVIEW:

Recall that a rational number is simply a well defined fraction, meaning one having a non-zero denominator.

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We are going to discover that division of fractions is simply a special case of multiplication and that

subtraction of fractions, as in the case of whole numbers, may be interpreted as the addition of signed numbers.

Four of them - multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction - we will study in detail in this tutorial.

The fifth, that of exponentiation (a special case of

multiplication), will be covered as a topic in its own right.

### Division and Subtraction of Rational Numbers as Special Cases of Multiplication and Addition

The rational number system has five arithmetical operations.

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### What to do and what not to do

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The numerator of the product of two fractions is found by multiplying the numerators of each of them together.

The denominator of the product of two fractions is found by multiplying the denominators of each of them together.

Multiplying Rational Numbers

are

integers.

where

EXAMPLE 1

## ( ) _ ( ) -1 3_= 4 (-1) 7 3

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Multiplying Rational Numbers

are

integers.

where

EXAMPLE 2

## ( ) _ ( ) 4 -5_= 5 4 (-8) (-5)

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The value of a fraction is NOT changed if BOTH numerator and denominator are either multiplied or divided by the same non-zero number.

The Fundamental Law of Fractions

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In this case, BOTH numerator and denominator are divided first by 5 and then by 4.

This technique of simplifying fractions is called

cancelling common factors across the fraction line.

This technique of simplifying fractions is called

cancelling common factors across the fraction line.

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Division of two fractions is simply the multiplication of the

numerator fraction by the reciprocal of the denominator fraction.

Dividing Rational Numbers

are

integers.

where

EXAMPLE 1

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EXAMPLE 2

## ( ) _ = 3 (-14) (-49) 15

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The value of a fraction is NOT changed if BOTH numerator and denominator are either multiplied or divided by the same

non-zero number.

The Fundamental Law of Fractions

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To simplify the answer, BOTH numerator and

denominator are divided first by 3 and then by (-7).

Dividing Rational Numbers

are

integers.

where

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EXAMPLE 3

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Dividing Rational Numbers

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Division of two fractions is simply the multiplication of the

numerator fraction by the reciprocal of the denominator fraction.

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In the case of two (or more) divisions, when brackets are present:

1. divisions within brackets are performed first.

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EXAMPLE 4

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Dividing Rational Numbers

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Division of two fractions is simply the multiplication of the

numerator fraction by the reciprocal of the denominator fraction.

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### What to do

In the case of two (or more) divisions with no bracketspresent:

1. perform the divisions in order from left to right.

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Let’s think a bit about how we collect things. If we collect stamps, then in order to add to our collection, we must

have another stamp - meaning an object of the same type.

This is also true in mathematics.

In order to add two numbers together they must be of similar ‘type’ or in some way ‘like each other’.

This notion of ‘likeness’ is defined differently depending on the context.

For example, two rational numbers may be collected together, or added together, if they have the same denominators.

Why that is comes from the idea that a fraction is the relative magnitude of a part of a whole.

The denominator is indicative of the value of the whole.

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are

integers.

where

## ( ) ( ) m n _

Step 1 is to find a common denominator for both fractons.

The smallest one, called the lowest common denominator (LCD), is the best choice - but not the only choice.

formally

### q n .

is one possible choice for the above two fractions because both denominators and are present.

### q n

Recall that, to be able to add , we would need a unit whole.

### 1 3 4 3 12 . = +

Step 2 is to find equivalent fractions to the original ones, BOTH having the chosen common denominator.

NOTE

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## ( ) _ ( ) m n_:= p n + m q q n ___ .

are

integers.

### ,

The equivalent fractions:

## ( ) ( ) m n _

formally

Step 3 is to ADD the equivalent fractions together, by

ADDING THE NUMERATORS and placing the sum over the chosen common denominator.

NOTE

NOTE

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## ( ) _ ( ) m n_:= p n + m q q n ___ .

are

integers.

where

EXAMPLE

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Step 1 is to find a common denominator. The smallest one,

called the lowest common denominator (LCD), is the best choice - but not the only choice.

## ( ) 5 6 _ ( ) _

### 6 9 .

is one possible choice for the above two fractions because both denominators and are present.

### 6 9

To choose as the common denominator would be tantamount to dividing the pie into pieces.

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However, both and fit into a much smaller number than . In fact, both fit into (or divide into) . Is this the smallest?

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EXAMPLE continued

To find the lowest common denominator (LCD) from and we proceed as follows:

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1. Factor both denominators into primes (i.e. until they can’t be factored further).

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Finding LCD’s

2. Collect all of the distinct factors across both denominators and take the maximum numbers of each which appear.

### 2 3 ,

distinct factors in both

maximum number of each: one factor of ; two factors of

### 2 3

3. Multiply together the maximum numbers of those distinct factors which appear. This is the LCD.

LCD for and is:

### _ 2 3 . 3 . = 18

What is the smallest number into which both and fit?

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EXAMPLE continued

## ( ) _ ( ) -1 9_

Step 2 is to find equivalent fractions to the original ones, BOTH having the chosen common denominator.

## ( ) _ 3 3 ( ) (-1) 9_ 2

LCD for and is:

### _ 2 3 . 3 . = 18

Step 3 is to ADD the equivalent fractions together, by

ADDING THE NUMERATORS and placing the sum over the chosen common denominator.

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EXAMPLE

## ( ) 5 4 _ ( ) _

### =

DO NOT cancel common factors across a sign.

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DO NOT add denominators and DO NOT add numerators

without a common denominator.

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## ( ) _ ( ) m n_:= p n q n - m q ___ .

are

integers.

where

### q n 0 , = /

Subtracting Rational Numbers

## ( ) ( ) m n _

Step 1 is to find a common denominator for both fractons.

The smallest one, called the lowest common denominator (LCD), is the best choice - but not the only choice.

formally

### q n .

is one possible choice for the above two fractions because both denominators and are present.

### q n

Recall that, to be able to subtract , we needed a unit whole.

### 4 3 12 . =

Step 2 is to find equivalent fractions to the original ones, BOTH having the chosen common denominator.

NOTE

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## ( ) _ ( ) m n_:=___..

are

integers.

### ,

The equivalent fractions:

## ( ) ( ) m n _

formally

Step 3 is to SUBTRACT the equivalent fractions together, by SUBTRACTING THE NUMERATORS and placing the difference over the chosen common denominator.

NOTE

## ( ) ( ) m n _ = ( ) p q _ n n .

### q n . = n q .

NOTE

Performing the subtraction:

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Subtracting Rational Numbers

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EXAMPLE

Step 1 is to find a common denominator. The smallest one,

called the lowest common denominator (LCD), is the best choice - but not the only choice.

## ( ) _

### 10 7 .

is one possible choice for the above two fractions because both denominators and are present.

### 10 7

Is this the lowest common denominator?

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Subtracting Rational Numbers

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are

integers.

formally

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EXAMPLE continued

To find the lowest common denominator (LCD) from and we proceed as follows:

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1. Factor both denominators into primes (i.e. until they can’t be

factored further).

### 10

is a prime number.

Finding LCD’s

### 2 5 , 7

distinct factors in both

maximum number of each: one factor of ; one factor of one factor of

;

LCD for and is:

### _ 2 5 . 7 . = 70

What is the smallest number into which both and fit?

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2. Collect all of the distinct factors across both denominators and take the maximum numbers of each which appear.

3. Multiply together the maximum numbers of those distinct factors which appear. This is the LCD.

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EXAMPLE continued

## ( ) ( ) _

Step 2 is to find equivalent fractions to the original ones, BOTH having the chosen common denominator.

## ( ) 7 7 ( ) (-4) 7_ 10 10

### . .

Step 3 is to ADD the equivalent fractions together, by

ADDING THE NUMERATORS and placing the sum over the chosen common denominator.

LCD for and is:

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## ( ) _

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EXAMPLE

Subtracting Rational Numbers

### =

DO NOT cancel common factors across a sign.

### -

DO NOT subtract denominators and DO NOT subtract numerators without a common denominator.

## ( ) _

### -

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one and a half 1 _

2

EXAMPLES

### Addendum: Mixed Numbers

Mixed numbers are combinations (actually additions) of whole numbers and fractions.

### 1

is interpreted as: 1 _

### 1 +

2 is equal to: 1 _

2

3 _

2 1 _

2

1

_ 1

1 _

2

1

_ 1

2 2

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minus (or negative) three and five eighths 5 _

### 3

8 is read as:

is interpreted as: 5 _

8

is equal to:

29 _

8 5 _

8 3

_ 1

5 _

8

3

_ 1

8 8

5 _

8

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