# Negative Base with a Power

• September 17th 2009, 08:32 AM
Stingray89
Negative Base with a Power
Hello,

Can someone help me with this: -x^2? Is it (-x)^2 or -(x^2)?

Thanks
• September 17th 2009, 09:12 AM
redsoxfan325
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Originally Posted by Stingray89
Hello,

Can someone help me with this: -x^2? Is it (-x)^2 or -(x^2)?

Thanks

$-x^2=-(x^2)$

Remember order of operations: exponents before multiplication. $-x^2$ is the same as $-1\times x^2$.