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posted by belinda .
(2)^2 ?

http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS362&q=%282%29%5E2

already tried that. google calc. isn't always necessarily correct...but thanks for the attempt!

Since I'm not a math tutor, I checked with one of our experienced math tutors, and he agreed that Google is correct about this problem.
BobPursley [8:06 PM]: exactly right> 2^2= 1/2^2=1/4 
you must have been reading my problem wrong though...? I'm saying 2 to the 2 power

We understand and read your problem correctly. I copied and pasted your problem into the Google search box. Are you disputing both Google and BobPursley?
Check with your teacher. 
This site explains negative exponents.
http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/negativeexponents.html