(-4)^2 gives me 16 4^2 = 1/16 Why is (-4)^(-2)= -1/16 why is it not 1/((-4)(-4)) to get a 1/16
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Originally Posted by IDontunderstand (-4)^2 gives me 16 4^2 = 1/16 Why is (-4)^(-2)= -1/16 why is it not 1/((-4)(-4)) to get a 1/16 I have it I think that I typed it into my calculator incorrectly to check my solution. Thanks
As you can see here, (-4)^(-2) is indeed 1/16. On the other had, -4^(-2) is interpreted as $\displaystyle -\frac{1}{4^2}$, which is -1/16.
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