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**pickslides** Hi there Mesoc,

Which one is your equation?

$\displaystyle \displaystyle\frac{-4^5}{-4^2} = -4^{5-2} = -4^3 = -(4\times 4\times 4) = -64$

You won't always get the same answer!

^ that's the equation. They love throwing these negatives in to screw with us.

Just guessing again,

$\displaystyle \displaystyle -\left(\frac{2}{3} \right)^3 = -\left(\frac{2^3}{3^3} \right) = \frac{-8}{27}$[/QUOTE

That's correct, but stupid question...why is there a negative in front of the 8, instead of the fraction? or does it not matter?

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Thanks ei, that cleared up a rule i was unsure of.