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# How do you square negative numbers?

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Multiply the number by its self and the answer will always be positive (negative times a negative is positive)

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Square roots of negative numbers are what are called imaginary numbers. The building block of imaginary numbers is the symbol i which is defined as the square root of negative 1. The square root of other negative numbers can be expressed using i. For example, the square root of negative sixteen is 4i, the square root of negative nine is 3i and so on.

Negative numbers do not have "real number" square roots.However, they will have two roots (when using imaginary numbers) as do other numbers, where a root including i(square root of -1) is positive or negative.

The product of two negative numbers is a positive number. Ergo, the product of the square of a number is equal to the square of its negative equivalent.

no,a negative number cannot have a square root .it is made only for positive numbers .but,yes,negative numbers can be squared.

No,because how many times do you have to multiply negative 1 by to get negative 1? You can't do that. Negative numbers don't have square roots. The operation's undefined. Yes, actually you can.

They can, but they are called imaginary numbers. This is because a "square" of something is the number that, when multiplied by itself, will equal the first number. A negative multiplied by a negative equals a positive, and positives can't turn into negatives on their own, so there are no square roots of negative numbers.

No. Negative numbers are real but their square roots are not.

Neither. All irrational numbers are real numbers.Using the real number system you can't take the square root of a negative number, but if you're dealing with imaginary numbers then the square root of negative 3 is the square root of 3i

They are called real numbers. Negative square roots must be complex numbers.

No, it is not irrational because it is a square root of a negative number - which falls into the set of Complex numbers. Irrational numbers can not have an imaginary component.

A square root is not a number system. Square roots of non-negative numbers may be rational or irrational, but they all belong to the set of real numbers. The square roots of negative numbers do not. To include them, the number system needs to be extended to the complex numbers.

For most school mathematics, negative numbers do not have square roots. This is because a negative number multiplied by itself is a negative times a negative and so is positive. When (if) you study advanced mathematics, you will learn that there is a solution and this falls within the realms of complex mathematics and imaginary numbers.

For the same reason that the square root of ANY negative number is not a real number.Real numbers are positive, negative, or zero. * The square of a positive number is a positive number. * The square of a negative number is a positive number. * The square of zero is zero. In other words, in no case will you get a REAL number whose square is a negative number. The square roots of negative numbers are said to be "imaginary" - a name given for historical reasons. They are just as "real" or "unreal" as the so-called real numbers, but the point is that they are a different kind of numbers.

The square of a "normal" number is not negative. Consequently, within real numbers, the square root of a negative number cannot exist. However, they do exist within complex numbers (which include real numbers)and, if you do study the theory of complex numbers you wil find that all the familiar properties are true.

This is because if you multiply two negative numbers you get positive.

Because for a number to be a square number it must have a number which when multiplied by it self=that number. For example: 36 is a square number because 6x6=36 16 is a square number because 4x4=16 A negative number such as -16 is not a Square Number because -4x-4=16 not -16 because a negative times a negative is a positive. -4x4=-16 but these numbers aren't the same therefore -16 isn't a square number. This is why negative numbers cant be Square Numbers

The numbers 1 and negative 1 (-1) are both square roots of positive 1.The square root of negative 1 is the "imaginary" number i.

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No, it is not, because real numbers include negative numbers. The square root of a negative number is an imaginary number

No, but it is irrational, because there is no rational number whose square is two. Imaginary numbers are the square roots of negative numbers.

No. The square of a positive number is positive; the square of a negative number is also positive; and the square of zero is zero. If you want to square a number and get a negative result, you need complex numbers. For example, the square of 2i is -4.

No. For two reasons: 1) Negative numbers are not natural numbers 2) All natural numbers are rational numbers but the square root of 6 is an irrational number and thus cannot be a natural number.

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