## Multiplying Negative Numbers: A Simple Explanation

Multiplying negative numbers can seem confusing at first, but it's actually quite simple. Let's look at the example of **(-2) times (-2)**.

### Understanding the Rules

The key to understanding multiplication of negative numbers is the following rule:

**When you multiply two numbers with the same sign (both positive or both negative), the result is positive.**

### Applying the Rule

In our example, **(-2) times (-2)** involves multiplying two negative numbers. Since they have the same sign, the result will be positive.

**(-2) times (-2) = 4**

### Visualizing the Multiplication

You can also visualize this multiplication on a number line.

- Start at 0 and move 2 units to the left (representing -2).
- Do this again, moving 2 units to the left (again representing -2).

This will bring you to 4, which is the product of (-2) and (-2).

### Conclusion

Multiplying negative numbers can be a bit tricky, but by remembering the rule about same signs resulting in a positive product, you can easily calculate the answer. In the case of **(-2) times (-2)**, the answer is **4**.