## Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

$-32$
The given expression means "the negative of $2^5$." Thus, $-2^5 = -(2^5)$ An exponent of 5 means that $2$ will appear as a factor 5 times: $= -(2 \cdot 2 \cdot 2 \cdot 2 \cdot 2) \\= -32$