# Is the result supposed to be positive or negative ?

The answer to this question is as easy as determining the winner of a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

**First**, draw the famous Tic-Tac-Toe board which is just a **pound sign** or **hashtag,** **#**.

**Second**, place **positive signs** down the **diagonal**.

**Next** place **negative signs** in the remaining **open spaces**.

Now just follow the signs *diagonally*, *horizontally* or *vertically* as you would in a winning Tic-Tac-Toe game.

*Row 1*

**left to right **===> **positive** times a **negative** results in a **negative**.

**right to left **===> **negative** times a **negative** results in a **positive**.

*Row 2*

**left to right **===> **negative** times a **positive** results in **negative**.

**right to left **===> **negative** times a **positive** results in **negative**.

*Row 3*

**left to right** ===>** ****negative** times a **negative** results in a **positive**.

**right to left** ===>** ****positive** times a **negative** results in a **negative**.

*Diagonals*

**top left to bottom right** ===>** ****positive** times a **positive** results in a **positive**.

**top right to bottom left** ===>** ****negative** times a **positive** results in a **negative**.

*Top to bottom and Bottom to Top*

You follow the same rules when going from * top to bottom* or from

*.*

**bottom to top**

## This method works for both M**ultiplication** & D**ivision** of integers.

I hope that this helps!

Shout out to the math staff at Azalea Gardens Middle School. They shared this teaching tool with me and now I am sharing it with you!

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