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Evaluate the following expression and write the answer as a single number without exponents.

$- {6^2} + 4 \cdot {3^2}$
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There is not really a whole lot to this problem. All we need to do is the evaluations recalling the proper order of operations. $- {6^2} + 4 \cdot {3^2} = - 36 + 4 \cdot \left( 9 \right) = - 36 + 36 = 0$

Be careful with the first term and recall that, $- {6^2} = - \left( {{6^2}} \right) = - \left( {36} \right) = - 36$

If we&rsquo;d wanted the minus sign to also get squared we&rsquo;d have written, ${\left( { - 6} \right)^2} = 36$

Always remember to be careful with exponents. The only thing that gets the exponent is the number/term immediately to the left of the exponent. If we want to include minus signs on numbers with exponents then we need to add in parenthesis.
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