## Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

RECALL: $a^{-m}=\dfrac{1}{a^m}, m\gt0$ Thus, $3^{-2}=\dfrac{1}{3^2} = \dfrac{1}{9}$ Note that $-3^2=-9$. Thus, the two expressions are not equivalent. The given statement is false.