# How do you simplify #(- 5) * ( - 5) 2#?

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I'm not sure if you meant to write

#### Explanation:

**If you meant #(-5) * (-5)^2#:**

First, we know that

**If you meant #(-5) * 2(-5)#:**

Presuming your question is

the answer is

#### Explanation:

The problem asks you to compute the product of two quantities.

One is the amount

According to the rules for the Order of Operations,

solve the exponents first.

The "squared" symbol applies only to the

so

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Now the problem is

That product is

**Answer:**

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In the unlikely event that the problem is

Solve the problem step-by-step

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**Answer:**