# How do you simplify (-2) to the 3rd power?

Nov 6, 2015

-8

#### Explanation:

${\left(- 2\right)}^{3} = \left(- 2\right) \cdot \left(- 2\right) \cdot \left(- 2\right)$
- rewrite if needed

$\left(- 2\right) \cdot \left(- 2\right) = 4$
- multiply step by step

$4 \cdot \left(- 2\right) = - 8$