# find the product of -5(20)... old person trying to learn new things... don't understand this math...help please The term "product" refers to the answer that you get when you multiply two numbers together.  So you are being asked to multiply -5 by 20.

So then what you need to do is first just multiply 5 by 20.  That, as you know, is 100.

But you have to...

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The term "product" refers to the answer that you get when you multiply two numbers together.  So you are being asked to multiply -5 by 20.

So then what you need to do is first just multiply 5 by 20.  That, as you know, is 100.

But you have to remember that you have a negative sign in front of your 5.  When you multiply a negative by a positive, the rule is that your product must be negative.

So when you mulitply -5 by 20, you just take 5 times 20, which is 100, and put a negative sign in front of it.

So -5(20) = -100

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