why is a negative number squyared coming up negitive rather than positive?

A negative number squared should be a positive. Why is the calculator showing a negative?

Guest May 5, 2017

#1**+1 **

Put the negative number in parenthesis. The calculator reads it as the square, then the opposite. So -2^{2} will yield -4, but (-2)^{2} should yield 4.

Guest May 5, 2017

#2**+2 **

If the number is a coefficient to i, or \(\sqrt{-1}\)

the number squared will be negative.

Guest answerer, good knowledge of the order of operations! I commonly make the mistake of putting negatives with a number being squared.

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May 5, 2017