How do you simplify (-5/3)^2?

Nov 17, 2016

Answer:

$\frac{25}{9}$

Explanation:

To square a number means to multiply the number by itself. Therefore:

${\left(- \frac{5}{3}\right)}^{2} \implies - \frac{5}{3} \cdot - \frac{5}{3} \implies \frac{25}{9}$

Nov 17, 2016

Answer:

This is a variation on the theme of the last question.

Explanation:

${\left(- \frac{5}{3}\right)}^{2}$ $=$ ${\left(- 5\right)}^{2} \times {\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)}^{2}$ $=$ $\frac{25}{9}$.

Would the answer have been the same if we wrote:

${\left(- \frac{5}{3}\right)}^{2}$ $=$ (5)^2xx(-1/3)^2??