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# Problem solving-algebra

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If a = -1, what is the value of –(a2 + a3 + a4 + a5)?
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A -14
B -4
C 0
D 4
E 14
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08 Jun 2011, 09:46
pritis wrote:
If a = -1, what is the value of –(a^2 + a^3 + a^4 + a^5)?
Choices
A -14
B -4
C 0
D 4
E 14

Even power of negative=+ve
Odd power of negative=-ve

$$a^2=(-1)^2=1$$
$$a^3=(-1)^3=-1$$
$$a^4=(-1)^4=1$$
$$a^5=(-1)^5=-1$$

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pritis:
Please use ^ to denote power.
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