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Which of the following is equal to 10^-(-3)^2

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Which of the following is equal to 10^-(-3)^2?

a) 1/10^9

b) 1/10^6

c) 1/10^3

d) 10^6

e) 10^9

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I selected D on the understanding that (x^r)^s = x^rs. Eg (x^3)^4 = x^12. So by my working on the above I get:

= 10^-(-6) (because -3 X 2 = -6)
= 10^6

Can someone please explain my error. Thanks!
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your understanding is correct but application is wrong..

the scenario here is x^(r^s) and not (x^r)^s

in case of x^(r^s) we will raise r to the power of s first and then raise x to the power of (r^s)
so, in this case we will do

10^-(-3)^2 => 10^-(-3^2) => 10^-(9) = 1/(10^9)

So, Answer will be A

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-3^2 = 9
therefore 10^ -(-3)^2 = 10^-9 = 1/10^9
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JaredL wrote:
Which of the following is equal to 10^-(-3)^2?

a) 1/10^9

b) 1/10^6

c) 1/10^3

d) 10^6

e) 10^9

[Reveal] Spoiler:
I selected D on the understanding that (x^r)^s = x^rs. Eg (x^3)^4 = x^12. So by my working on the above I get:

= 10^-(-6) (because -3 X 2 = -6)
= 10^6

Can someone please explain my error. Thanks!

\(10^{-{(-3)}^2}\)

\(10^{-(9)}\)

\(\frac{1}{10^9}\)

Answer (A)...

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