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(1) \(g^2 \lt 1\). This statement tells that \(-1 \lt g \lt 1\). Since \(g\) is an integer then \(g=0\). Sufficient to calculate the value of \((-1)^{g^4 - 1}\).

(2) \(g^2+2g=0\)

\(g(g+2)=0\)

\(g=0\) or \(g=-2\). Since both possible values of \(g\) are even then \((-1)^{\text{even}^4 - 1}=(-1)^{\text{even}-1}=(-1)^{\text{odd}}=-1\). Sufficient.


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I don't understand the explanation to solution (2).

(2) seems to assume another question - one that asks about whether (−1)g^(4−1) is even or odd or non-negative. However, the question ask for a value. Since (2) tells us that the solution to the equation could be 0 or 8, this doesn't seem to answer the question. Could you let me know if my logic is off here?
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I don't understand the explanation to solution (2).

(2) seems to assume another question - one that asks about whether (−1)g^(4−1) is even or odd or non-negative. However, the question ask for a value. Since (2) tells us that the solution to the equation could be 0 or 8, this doesn't seem to answer the question. Could you let me know if my logic is off here?


Let me put it in another way.

We want to find the value of \((-1)^{g^4 - 1}\).

(2) says that g = 0 or g = -2.

For either of these values, 0 or -2, \((-1)^{g^4 - 1}=-1\).

Hope it's clear.
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PRein wrote:
I don't understand the explanation to solution (2).

(2) seems to assume another question - one that asks about whether (−1)g^(4−1) is even or odd or non-negative. However, the question ask for a value. Since (2) tells us that the solution to the equation could be 0 or 8, this doesn't seem to answer the question. Could you let me know if my logic is off here?


Let me put it in another way.

We want to find the value of \((-1)^{g^4 - 1}\).

(2) says that g = 0 or g = -2.

For either of these values, 0 or -2, \((-1)^{g^4 - 1}=-1\).

Hope it's clear.


Thanks for the clarification. I miss-read the formula as (-1)*g^(4-1) instead of (-1)^((g^4)-1).
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I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.
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