Posted by **Help** on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 3:28pm.

can a base be negative at the same time as my exponent?

how will you solve this one?

-6 ^-3

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**Steve**, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 4:05pm
as long as the exponent is an integer, the base can be negative. Negative exponents just mean that you take the reciprocal:

(-6)^(-3) = 1/(-6)^3 = 1/-216 = -1/216

- Algebra 1 -
**Help**, Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 4:10pm
awesome.. I wasn't sure about the negative sign..:)

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