-10^2 (OT)

David Squance squance at elkvalley.net
Thu May 22 12:39:00 EDT 2003

>Hope I don't get flamed for this, but I don't agree.
>:-)  Someone feel free to dispute me if I'm wrong

As a retired teacher, happy to do that, but  no flaming.

>Isn't -10^2 the same as -10*-10?

No.  -10^2 is *not* (-10)^2.  It is equivalent to -(10^2)
-10*-10 is ambiguous, since you have two operations adjacent to each other
(ultra picky, I know)
Assuming *-10 is meant to be *(-10), -10*-10 = -(-100) = 100

> And don't two negatives yield a positive
>when multiplied together?  Yes.

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