# How do you simplify (-2)^2(-2)^5 and write it using only positive exponents?

Feb 8, 2017

#### Answer:

See the entire simplification process below:

#### Explanation:

${\left(- 2\right)}^{2} {\left(- 2\right)}^{5} \to$

$\left(- 2 \times - 2\right) \left(- 2 \times - 2 \times - 2 \times - 2 \times - 2\right) \to$

$\left(4\right) \left(4 \times 4 \times - 2\right) \to \left(4\right) \left(16 \times - 2\right) \to \left(4\right) \left(- 32\right) \to$

$- 128$