Question about Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

Whenever I square a negative number its gives me a negative answer. For example -2 squared equals a positve 4, but it gives me -4. Is there a way to change the settings so that I will receive accurate answers to squared negatives?

Your calculator will square a number before it applies the negative sign, so what you're actually doing is squaring 2, then applying the - sign to your answer. You need to put the -2 in parenthesis, so (-2)^2. That will give you 4. Hope this helps!

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

The calculator is giving the correct result FOR THE PROBLEM YOU GAVE IT, not for the problem you meant to give it.

When you told it to calculate negative two to the second power, it calculates two to the second power, giving 4, then negates it, giving -4.

If you want to calculate the square of negative two, use parenthesis to tell the calculator that you want the negative to apply to the two and not to the result of the squaring.

When you told it to calculate negative two to the second power, it calculates two to the second power, giving 4, then negates it, giving -4.

If you want to calculate the square of negative two, use parenthesis to tell the calculator that you want the negative to apply to the two and not to the result of the squaring.

Feb 02, 2015 | Casio Fx-83gtplus Scientific Calculator

It's giving you the correct answer. It's calculating the negative of 25 squared. 25 squared is 625, and the negative of that is -625.

If you want to calculate the square of negative 25, you need to tell the calculator that.

Press ( (-) 2 5 ) ^ 2 ENTER .

If you want to calculate the square of negative 25, you need to tell the calculator that.

Press ( (-) 2 5 ) ^ 2 ENTER .

Sep 05, 2011 | Texas Instruments Office Equipment &...

No, you're not squaring a negative number, you're negating a square. When you press (-) 4 ^ 2 ENTER , the calculator is calculating -(4^2). 4^2 is 16, and the negative of that is -16. What you want to do is to calculate (-4)^2 by pressing ( (-) 4 ) ^ 2 ENTER .

Jul 11, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

You're not calculating the square of a negative number, you're calculating the negative of a square. You need to use parenthesis to indicate the square of a negative number.

You're calculating -(3^2), not (-3)^2.

To calculate the latter: ( (-) 3 ) x^2 =

You're calculating -(3^2), not (-3)^2.

To calculate the latter: ( (-) 3 ) x^2 =

Dec 05, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-30XA Calculator

The square root of a negative number is an imaginary number, and the TI-30XA does not deal with imaginary numbers.

However, the square root of -x is equal to i times the square root of x. So, to calculate the square root of -4, for example, press 4 square_root = and read 2. Thus the square root of -4 is 2i.

However, the square root of -x is equal to i times the square root of x. So, to calculate the square root of -4, for example, press 4 square_root = and read 2. Thus the square root of -4 is 2i.

Oct 07, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-30XA Calculator

Actually, you're negating a square, not squaring a negative. When you put in -x^2, it's getting calculated as -(x^2). In order to square a negative number, use parentheses and calculate it as (-x)^2.

Also, make sure you're using the +- key to the right of th decimal point instead of the - key when entering the negative number.

Also, make sure you're using the +- key to the right of th decimal point instead of the - key when entering the negative number.

Oct 01, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-30X-IISTK Scientific...

You're not squaring a negative number, you're negating a square. What you need to do is calculate (-2)^2 instead of the -(2^2) you're now calculating.

Feb 04, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

If you want to square a negative number, you should enclose it in parentheses then raise it to the 2nd power.

-5^2 =-25 .Priority to squaring ahead of negating

(-5)^2=25 .Priority to parentheses before squaring

-5^2 =-25 .Priority to squaring ahead of negating

(-5)^2=25 .Priority to parentheses before squaring

Jan 28, 2010 | Casio FX-115ES Scientific Calculator

Place both the base and the exponent in parentheses

(3/4)^(-2) then press enter. Your answer will be in decimal form at first 1.777...

Press MATH

Select the 1: Fraction option and it will convert your decimal value to the fraction answer of 16/9.

Negative exponents flip the fraction. For instance, (3/4)^(-1) = 4/3. So for (3/4)^(-2) you could just square the numerator and denominator separately to get 9/16, and then flip the fraction to account for the negative. That will give you 16/9.

(3/4)^(-2) then press enter. Your answer will be in decimal form at first 1.777...

Press MATH

Select the 1: Fraction option and it will convert your decimal value to the fraction answer of 16/9.

Negative exponents flip the fraction. For instance, (3/4)^(-1) = 4/3. So for (3/4)^(-2) you could just square the numerator and denominator separately to get 9/16, and then flip the fraction to account for the negative. That will give you 16/9.

Jul 24, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

If you want the answer in rectangular form, set MODE a+bi and tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap square root sign, tap (-)4 and close the parenthesis and tap ENTER. The answer is shown as 2i.

If you want the answer in polar form, set MODE to re^xi and and DEGREE. Tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap the square root sign, tap (-)4, close the parenthesis, and tap ENTER. The answer shown is 2e^90i. (2 at ninety degrees). If you selected RADIAN mode, the answer would be 2e^1.57i (2 at 1.57 radians; or 2 at pi/2 radians)

If you want the answer in polar form, set MODE to re^xi and and DEGREE. Tap ENTER and QUIT. Tap the square root sign, tap (-)4, close the parenthesis, and tap ENTER. The answer shown is 2e^90i. (2 at ninety degrees). If you selected RADIAN mode, the answer would be 2e^1.57i (2 at 1.57 radians; or 2 at pi/2 radians)

Mar 09, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-86 Calculator

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i get wrong answers on my calc. for example if i put something like 4-4/4 i get 6 for an answer.

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