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Here's the other one:

-5^2
This negative is out in front and not locked into the 5!

-5^2 = - 5 x 5 = -25
The negative stays out in front!                     

So,

(-5)^2 = 25  and  -5^2 = -25

 

Here's another set:

(-3)^2  and -3^2

What do they mean?

(-3)^2 = (-3)(-3) = 9   and   -3^2 = - 3 x 3 = -9


TRY IT:

Write out what each one means and find the answer:

-4^2

(-6)^2