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why does the calculator give -3 or any number squared as a minus number

 Jun 2, 2021

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(-3)^2 = 9

-3^2 = -9

 

The reason for this is pemdas, a calculator will first calculate the exponent (3^2), and then the negative sign. 

-3^2 = -9 

-(3^2) = -9

-(9) = -9

 

To fix this problem, just add a parentheses. 

(-3)^2 = 9

 

=^._.^=

 Jun 2, 2021
 #1
avatar+1781 
+1
Best Answer

(-3)^2 = 9

-3^2 = -9

 

The reason for this is pemdas, a calculator will first calculate the exponent (3^2), and then the negative sign. 

-3^2 = -9 

-(3^2) = -9

-(9) = -9

 

To fix this problem, just add a parentheses. 

(-3)^2 = 9

 

=^._.^=

catmg Jun 2, 2021

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