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3^2 vs 3^-2. Why, when the negative sign is added, does the answer become 1/9, instead of -9 or 9.

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3^2 vs 3^-2. Why, when the negative sign is added, does the answer become 1/9, instead of -9 or 9.

 

3^2 means= 3 x 3 = 9

3^-2  means =1 /(3^2) =1 / (3 x 3) =1 / 9.

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3^2 vs 3^-2. Why, when the negative sign is added, does the answer become 1/9, instead of -9 or 9.

 

3^2 means= 3 x 3 = 9

3^-2  means =1 /(3^2) =1 / (3 x 3) =1 / 9.

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