# Evaluating Arithmetic Expression

#### Britt

##### New member
I need help figuring out what the little 2 next to an equation means this is what my problem looks like I have the answer but I can't figure out how it was found out. (3)(-4)2 - (3)(-5) so the 2 next to the 4 in parentheses is little.

#### Ackbach

##### Indicium Physicus
Staff member
I need help figuring out what the little 2 next to an equation means this is what my problem looks like I have the answer but I can't figure out how it was found out. (3)(-4)2 - (3)(-5) so the 2 next to the 4 in parentheses is little.
Do you mean $(3)(-4)^{2}-(3)(-5)?$ If so, the small raised '2' is an exponent. That is a shorthand notation for multiplying something by itself a certain number of times.