WHAT IS NEGATIVE 4 TO THE POWER OF 4 EQUAL TO?

## WHT IS NEGATIVE 4 EXPONENT 4

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# 2 Answers

In the case that you mean (-4)^{4}, it can be written out as (-4)(-4)(-4)(-4). Since multiplying two negatives gives a positive, this is equal to 16*16 = 256. More generally, (-x)^{n} for x positive and n even will always yield a positive
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If you mean to write -(4^{4}), the negative would stay out front:

-(4)(4)(4)(4) = -(16)(16) = -256

-4^{4} is the same as (-4)*(-4)*(-4)*(-4) is the same as (16)*(16) = 256

unless you mean -(4^{4}), then in that case the answer would be -256

## Comments

Luke, I think your notation is om error

-4

^{4}always means -1 * 4^{4 }You need to use parentheses if you want (-4)

^{4}Isaac- Thanks for the clarification.

I think the moral of the story is that one should use parentheses to reduce the chance of confusion.

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