From official GRE Quant book:

Can someone please explain why “Substituting for B” is NOT 2^4 + 2^7?

Thank you!

From official GRE Quant book:

Can someone please explain why “Substituting for B” is NOT 2^4 + 2^7?

Thank you!

It’s 2^4 - (-7)^4. Expand the brackets first: (-7)^4 = 7^4. Hence 2^4 - (7)^4

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So, if the (-7) was raised to an odd numbered power, it would remain negative?

Correct.

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