could you please explain to me what the difference is between (3)^-4 and

3^-4

Thanks!

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- Nov 3rd 2008, 07:09 PMep78exponents differences
could you please explain to me what the difference is between (3)^-4 and

3^-4

Thanks! - Nov 3rd 2008, 08:39 PMJameson
I would actually consider those two equal.

Maybe what you're talking about is something like:

$\displaystyle -3^{4}$ versus $\displaystyle (-3)^{4}$

In the first one, the negative is not grouped with the 3, so it it calculated by taking 3^4, then multiplying by -1. In the second one, the negative is included in the power calculation.