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What happens when you square a negative number?

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A negative multiplied by a negative will always give a positive answer and therefore the square of any negative number will be positive.


For instance -2 x -2 = 4.

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When you multiply a negative number by negative you achieve a positive answer so when you do:

-5 x -5 = 25

So therefore when you square a negative you will achieve a positive answer for example


(-5) squared = -5 x -5 = 25

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