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# If m=−2, what is −m^−m?

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If m=−2, what is −m^−m?

A. −16
B. −4
C. −1/4
D. 1/4
E. 4

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19 Dec 2012, 23:29
I thought this to be a poor quality question because they did not mention either - m^-m or (-m)^-m..... i took it for the second one and flipped the sign... Am I being wrong in understanding GMAT presentation?
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If m=−2, what is −m^−m?
−16

−4

−1/4

1/4

4

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This is a pretty simple one that can be solved by substitution. But take it step by step and simplify. But the confusion in the questions is whether the - sign in the base is with 2 or outside. In the absence of bracket, we'll take it outside..

$$-m^{-m}$$, m = -2
=> $$-(2^{-(-2)})$$
=>$$-2^2$$
=-4
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20 Dec 2012, 00:30
Amateur wrote:
If m=−2, what is −m^−m?
−16
−4
−1/4
1/4
4

$$=-(-2)^{-(-2)}=-(-2)^2=-4$$

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20 Dec 2012, 03:11
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I thought this to be a poor quality question because they did not mention either - m^-m or (-m)^-m..... i took it for the second one and flipped the sign... Am I being wrong in understanding GMAT presentation?

If it were $$(-m)^{-m}$$ it would be written as $$(-m)^{-m}$$ not as $$-m^{-m}$$.
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25 Mar 2014, 01:52
m = -2 so -m = 2

$$- (-2)^2$$

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