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Q: When you are squaring a negative number does it make a difference if the negative number is in parentheses?

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-3^2 = 9 -(3^2) = -9

If I read the word "and" as "a", then a negative number in parentheses is a negative number.

If you square any real number it will always be positive.

Squaring is a number raised to the power of two. Scientific notation is a number multiplied by 10 to the power of a number.

the number is negative.

No. Parentheses have no direct effect on the sign of a number.

Then the answer becomes 4, the fact that you are squaring a negative number makes the result positive.

This means you have a negative balance.

Squaring. Doubling is only multiplying a number by 2, whereas, squaring is multiplying a number by itself :)

Accountants use those pointy parentheses that look like this: <> to indicate negative numbers. If your account reads <14.25> it means you owe $14.25

by either putting the negative number first, or by putting the negative number in parentheses. Like this: -9*1=-9 1*(-9)=-9

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