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Yes. -2^3, for example, is -8.

This question is ambiguous - the questioner may mean "can the exponent be negative".

In which case 2-3 is 1/8 or 0.125.

Q: Can power be a negative number?

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Please consider the following two facts: A negative number to an even power is positive; but a negative number to an odd power is negative. Any positive number is greater than any negative number.

When a negative number is raised to an even power the result is a positive number

A negative power. When something is to the power of negative two, say X it would be 1/X. If something is to the power of negative 3, it would be.... etc

The result will be a negative value.

It does not work that way. A negative power is simply the reciprocal. So that x-a = 1/xa The reciprocal is negative or positive according to whether the number itself is negative or positive. [And, if the number is 0, the reciprocal is not defined.]

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Please consider the following two facts: A negative number to an even power is positive; but a negative number to an odd power is negative. Any positive number is greater than any negative number.

When a negative number is raised to an even power the result is a positive number

(-1)^3 = -1 Every negative number raised to the odd power is a negative number.

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A number to a negative power is equal to One divided by number to its positive power. So, x^-2 is equal to 1/x2.

A negative power. When something is to the power of negative two, say X it would be 1/X. If something is to the power of negative 3, it would be.... etc

Negative, because 5 is an odd number

A negative power gives you the reciprocal of the positive power so yes you flip your number.

It can be a negative or a positive number depending on the absolute value of the power.e.g.(-4) to the power of -2 gives (1/16) and(-4) to the power of -1 gives (-1/4)

The result will be a negative value.

Positive