@djmoch well, order of operations only matters if there are multiple operations. (-3)^2 only has one operation: the exponent. This highlights the ambiguity of natural language. If a mathematician says the words" negative 3 squared", they mean (-3)^2 because -3 is a number unto itself (and not an operation). There's no purely correct answer, but I'd say that 9 is "more correct" than -9.
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