# Math Help - Negative Base with a Power

1. ## Negative Base with a Power

Hello,

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

Thanks

2. 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 $-1\times x^2$.