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At first, (-1)^(2/3)=1. See captured image

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For better understanding this problem noticed the graph of the function y=x^(2/3) below


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This is because you cannot put -1 in a square root.
Which is essentially what you do when you put something in a fraction.
First raise the -1 to the 3rd and then try and find the square root of the number.

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