**Remember some terms:**

**The first place that negative numbers can appear is in the base. **

**What I'm going to show you now is a REALLY common place to mess up in Algebra... So, pay extra close attention!**

**Are these the same?**

**Other than some purple on one of them, I'll bet you aren't so sure. **

**They are, actually, VERY different... So, let's learn what each one means!**

**The parenthesis are important!They put a box around the negative!**

**Remember that a negative times a negative is a positive! **