# Thread: Basic question

1. ## Basic question

what is -3^2?

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

or -3 x -3= 9?

2. ## Reply

-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.