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-1*-1=1 ? how to prove

by rock.freak667
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rock.freak667
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Nov19-07, 04:19 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Well as the subject states..how does one prove that -1*-1=1?
I think you have to use proof by contradiction but I dont know what to do after assuming that it is not true.
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rock.freak667
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Nov19-07, 05:22 PM
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Ok I think I got it...I was told that I should start by knowing that 0*0=0 and that 1-1=0
such that 0*0=0 => (-1+1)*(-1+1)=(-1*-1)-1-1+1=0
(-1*-1)-1=0
and so -1*-1=1
varygoode
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Nov19-07, 05:36 PM
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Well, think about what you know about (-1).

Then, think about what you know about (0).

More specifically, note:

0 = (1 + (-1)) and 0 = ((-1)+1)

AND

0 = 0*0.

You should be able to get the algebraic proof from there.

EDIT: Dang, you got it already. Good job, but don't double post, just edit your original post.


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