@FedPete,

I’m a little confused, but I’m assuming that you’re talking about squaring numbers rather than taking the square root of numbers, correct?

If you square 2 you get:

`2^2 = 2 x 2 = 4`

If you square -2, you also get 4, since the two negatives give a positive result when multiplied, so:

`-2^2 = -2 x -2 = 4`

Due to this trait of multiplication, there’s no way to square a number and obtain a negative result - It will always be positive.

If you need a negative result then you’d need to do `-(2^2)`

rather than `-2^2`

. Since you’d be calculating the `2^2`

first, and then multiplying by -1 to flip the sign.

Now, if you’re asking about square roots, then you have to be very careful when dealing with the square root of negative numbers because the answer isn’t a real number.

I hope that helps, but if I’ve misunderstood your question, please let me know.