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    Basic question

    what is -3^2?

    is it -(3)^2 = -9 ?

    or -3 x -3= 9?
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    -3^2 is -(3^2)
    (-3)^2 is (-3)^2

    Always be careful with those negative signs since you can't always check if it is right on the moment.
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