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## Sagot :

So, (-2)⁴ = (-2) * (-2) * (-2) * (-2)

= 4 * (-2) * (-2)

= -8 * (-2)

= 16

If the negative sign were outside the parentheses instead, then the solution would be 2⁴ (which is 16), then negative (so, -16). But in the this case the negative is inside the parentheses.

Hope this helps! :)

It means

(the number) x (the number) x (the number) x (the number) .

OK. In your example, "the number" is -2 . So go to work . . .

(-2) x (-2) x (-2) x (-2) = what ?

Work with it for a minute or two. You should get ( positive 16 ).