# How do you simplify #-4^2#?

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#### Explanation:

**negative** of

Hence

This is different from negative exponents (where the question was originally classified).

Negative exponent would be something like

#### Explanation:

If this term had been in a calculation there would not have been the slightest hesitation in answering:

In

Because of the rules for order of operations,PEDMAS, BODMAS, etc, the more powerful operation (squaring) has to be done first.