Hey guys, I was just wondering what the difference between these two statements are:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

V¯(x) = ± 4

V¯(x) = - 4 ---> does not exist.

This is the quote from my text, "...we remind you of a very important agreement in mathematics. The square root sign V¯ always means take the positive square root of whatever is under it. For instance, V¯(4) = 2, it is not equal to -2, only 2. Keep this in mind in this section, and always. "

Maybe I've been staring at the pages too long, but how is (4) different from (-2)²? And why can we right ± 2, but not -2? I know this is basic but I'm embarrassingly confused about this.

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# Explain the difference between these square roots

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