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 February 23rd, 2014, 02:03 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2014 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Negative number squared Hello, Why does -5^2 - -25, and (-5)^2 = 25 Thanks
 February 23rd, 2014, 02:05 PM #2 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2014 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Re: Negative number squared I mean -5^2 = -25
 February 24th, 2014, 01:35 AM #3 Member   Joined: Jan 2014 From: Tashkent, Uzbekistan Posts: 52 Thanks: 2 Re: Negative number squared Hello, scarecr0w132! $-(5)^2=5\cdot5=-25$ and $(-5)^2=(-5)\cdot(-5)=25$ So, brackets cause that difference in the answers. If you have any questions feel free to ask! Good luck!
 February 24th, 2014, 08:19 AM #4 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,597 Thanks: 1038 Re: Negative number squared -(5^2) means -1(5^2) means -1 times 5^2 means -25 (-5)^2 means -5 times -5 means 25

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