# What is -2 to the 5th power?

${\left(- 2\right)}^{5} = \left(- 2\right) \times \left(- 2\right) \times \left(- 2\right) \times \left(- 2\right) \times \left(- 2\right) = - 32$
In general ${\left(- x\right)}^{n} = \pm {x}^{n}$ with a $+$ sign if $n$ is even and $-$ if $n$ is odd.
So we could have written: ${\left(- 2\right)}^{5} = - \left({2}^{5}\right) = - 32$