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can you square a negative number?

Postby confused on Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:23 pm

like example = -5?
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Postby stapel_eliz on Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:50 pm

You can square any number you like. You'll only have trouble if you try to take the square root of a negative! :wink:
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Re: can you square a negative number?

Postby confused on Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:31 pm

ok thnx
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Re: can you square a negative number?

Postby mathalete on Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:06 pm

yes. (-5)(-5)= +25 because a negative times a negative is a positive
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