# Stupid proof

## Homework Statement

How do I show that the additive inverse, or negative, of an even number is an even number ( direct proof) ?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea. Anybody?

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Really? Let $$a=2n$$ be an even number then the additive inverse $$b$$ is defined by $$a+b=0$$, so $$b=-a=-2n$$, and so...

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