# Ch 21: NMTA Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers

### About This Chapter

## NMTA Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers - Chapter Summary

Dust off your memories as you readdress the effects of negative numbers on various types of mathematical equations. To be truly prepared for related questions on the NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics test, make sure that you take a look at the following:

- Negative numbers defined
- Steps for subtracting and adding negative numbers
- Methods for dividing and multiplying negative numbers
- Negative bases with exponents

If you haven't gone over negative numbers in several years, you may be a bit fuzzy on the finer details. Not to worry, because this chapter has been assembled to re-teach you anything you may have forgotten about negative numbers. The video lessons will walk you through each aspect of the topic, and our instructors use very relative examples to keep you better engaged in each lesson. You can read through the entire lesson transcript, or you can skip to the bottom and read the lesson summary if you just need a quick reminder of all the major terms. Get yourself in a positive mindset for taking the NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics test by using our chapter exam and lesson quizzes as practice.

### NMTA Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers - Chapter Objectives

New Mexico educators who wish to teach math to middle grades students must pass the NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics test to comply with licensure requirements for the state. Individuals will have a little over four hours to demonstrate their extensive field of knowledge concerning mathematics topics appropriate to this age group. All of the 150 questions will be presented in a multiple-choice format through a computer testing system. There are four key mathematics areas addressed within this test, including geometry and measurements, probability and statistics, algebra, and number sense. Although questions specifically about negative numbers may only be addressed in the number sense section, which comprises 17% of the exam, all sections may have equations that include negative numbers, so you will need to understand how negative numbers affect each type of equation if you wish to do well on this test.

### 1. Introduction to Negative Numbers

Watch this video lesson to see how negative numbers appear on the number line. Learn how they are ordered and how you can easily order a set of negative numbers that are given to you.

### 2. Adding & Subtracting Negative Numbers

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to add and subtract negative numbers with ease. Learn what you need to watch for and what will make your job easier.

### 3. Multiplying & Dividing Negative Numbers

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to multiply and divide negative numbers with ease. Learn what to watch for and how to handle the negative signs so that you get the right answer every time.

### 4. Exponents with Negative Bases

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can use exponents to help you multiply a string of negative numbers. Learn what kinds of negative numbers you can do this with and to write it.

### Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

### Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics (203): Practice & Study Guide course

- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Solving Math Word Problems
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Properties of Numbers
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Estimating & Rounding
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Number Theory
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Roots & Radical Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Scientific Notation
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Integers
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Rational Numbers
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Operations with Fractions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Decimals
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Operations with Decimals
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Percents
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Money & Consumer Math
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Number Patterns & Sequences
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Properties of Functions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Graphing Functions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Absolute Value
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Inequalities
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Factoring
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Monomials & Polynomials
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Writing Algebraic Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving One-Step Equations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving Two-Step Equations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Simplifying & Solving Rational Expressions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Coordinate Graph
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Linear Equations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Measurement
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Perimeter & Area
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Polyhedrons & Geometric Solids
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Properties of Lines
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Triangles
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Similar Polygons
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Quadrilaterals
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Circles
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Circular Arcs & Measurement
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Transformations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Data & Graphs
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Statistics
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Data Collection
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Samples & Populations
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Probability
- NMTA Middle Grades Math: Sets
- NMTA Middle Grades Mathematics Flashcards