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# Math help please!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pre-Algebra

is -4 squared a positive or negative number?
I thought that if the (-4)squared then it was a positive but without parenthesis it would be a negative.

Help!!!!

The problem is -4squared - 12 =

Asked by Orionsgirl at 9:56 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in

Level 31 (48,442 Credits)
• Parenthesis help... if it is written as -4 it is the same as (-4). The only time you need to worry about it is if it is on the outside of the parenthesis such as -(4). Then the answer would of been -16. Good luck. I am great at algebra!

Answer by ashisamom at 10:12 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• -4*-4= 16-12=4

Answer by jen2774161 at 10:01 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• Yikes....You don't want my help on a math problem! LOL.

Answer by TARARENEE at 9:58 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• well hot diggity dog......GOOGLE LIES!!!! lol

Answer by knicole0708 at 10:01 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• is the answer -4??? omg I don't envy you having to help w/ pre-algebra

Answer by genagina at 9:59 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• so the answer would be positive 4 then right?

Answer by genagina at 10:00 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• wooo! Good luck w/ the rest lol

Answer by genagina at 10:00 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• it is -28

Answer by momjoy1027 at 10:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• It's positive 4.....-4 * -4 = (positive) 16 // 16 - 12 = (positive) 4.

Answer by knicole0708 at 10:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

• ROFL...I see i'm not the only one who used googles calculater and got it wrong!

Answer by momjoy1027 at 10:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2011