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(-8) ^ (2/6) = ?

my first instinct was to simplify the exponent, which yields (-8) ^ (1/3) = -2.

this is the answer the calculator gives as well.

but someone pointed out if you don't simplify that exponent, you have the sixth root of (-8^2), which would give you positive 2. they mentioned something about the symbolic proof of squares.....

i always thought you would simplify first, but maybe i'm wrong?

this is confusing.

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# Confusing exponent problem

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