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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Ever since Algebra, I've been taught that -2^2=4

On another message forum, however there was a debate that -2^2=-4.

They came up with the conclusion that:

-2^2 is the same as -1(2^2) which equals -1(4) equaling -4.

I just wonder what the correct answer is.

On another message forum, however there was a debate that -2^2=-4.

They came up with the conclusion that:

-2^2 is the same as -1(2^2) which equals -1(4) equaling -4.

I just wonder what the correct answer is.