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

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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
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Put the negative number in parenthesis. The calculator reads it as the square, then the opposite. So -22 will yield -4, but (-2)2 should yield 4.

Guest May 5, 2017
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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.

helperid1839321  May 5, 2017