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@ashfurrow technically the minus sign is a multiplication with -1, therefore it could make sense that it has lower precedence than exponentiation.

Wolfram Alfa gives the same result (even for -3^2), and they are math guys.

@ytg @ashfurrow Precedence rules are PEMDAS:ParenthesesExponentsMultiplicationDivisionAdditionSubtraction

So the calculator query shows "-(3 squared)" which is -9.

You have to type "(-3) squared" to get 9.

@cj @ytg is it a multiplication by -1? I consider “-3” to be its own number unto itself. But again, language :)

@ashfurrow negative numbers don't exist. 😉

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ytg@ytg@mastodon.technology@ashfurrow negative numbers don't exist. 😉