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Use of Parenthesis: Wite (-x)2 is not equal to -x2 in words

Postby mwest05 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:45 pm

I am confused by the use of parenthesis in this problem and am having a difficult time understanding why the two sides are not equal? If I could understand what the parenthesis are for here I can figure out the rest on my own. Thank you in advance/

Write the sentence (-x)2 is not equal to -x2 in words. In your own words explain why (-x)2 and -x2 are not equivalent. Provide an example to support your explanation.

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Postby stapel_eliz on Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:48 pm

By "x2", do you mean "x2" (also formatted as "x^2")? If so, then the issue comes down to negative numbers and their properties. And yes, the parentheses make all the difference! :wink:


P.S. Make sure that you read the fourth page in the lesson on negative numbers!
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