# How do you simplify #-4^2#?

This is different from negative exponents (where the question was originally classified).

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If this term had been in a calculation there would not have been the slightest hesitation in answering:

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To simplify -4^2, you first perform the exponentiation, then the multiplication. So, -4^2 becomes -(4^2), which equals -(16). Therefore, -4^2 simplifies to -16.

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