# Algebra 1

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

how will you solve this one?
-6 ^-3

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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 -

awesome.. I wasn't sure about the negative sign..:)

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