When I want to square 6, why does my calculator say it's 36, when I know it is positive 36?
If you want to square 6 on a calculator, you have to place parentheses around the 6, otherwise your calculator is doing just what you tell it to, and taking the negative of six squared.
For example: 6² =  (6)(6) {this only shows the 6 is squared, not the negative sign also} = 36 {took the negative of 6 times 6} (6)² = (6)(6) {this shows the negative 6 is being squared} = 36 {multiplied 6 by 6) Your calculator doesn't make mistakes, it's how you enter the information that needs to be corrected when evaluating exponents. Ask Algebra House Comments are closed.

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