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Negative answer when squaring a neg number

My TI-85 must be in some sort of mode that allows it to do this: when I square a negative number, I get a negative answer. I also get a negative answer with any exponent (including all even exponents). Please help, I want it to properly show me positive answers to a negative number to an even exponent. Thanks!

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  • Redbud Apr 20, 2008

    It seems the calculator needs to have the negative number in parentheses before applying the even power.

  • del christi Jun 28, 2013

    no that still gives neg. answers

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You must put all negative numbers in Parenthesis otherwise your calculator is not squaring the negative .

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