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# How do I handle a negative squared number?

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How do I handle a negative squared number? [#permalink]

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08 Aug 2012, 13:50
If I see a -5^2 on a gmat question do I take it as -(5^2) or as (-5)^2?

How do I tell the difference?
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08 Aug 2012, 15:31
Pillah wrote:
If I see a -5^2 on a gmat question do I take it as -(5^2) or as (-5)^2?

How do I tell the difference?

-5^2 means -(5^2).

If it were (-5)^2 then it would be written that way.
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Re: How do I handle a negative squared number?   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2012, 15:31
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