# TrigonometryTrigonometry question: order of operations

#### tmt

##### Active member
Hello

I have -csc^2 x

Is this the same as -(cscx)^2 or (-csc x)^2?

Thanks,

Tim

#### Fantini

It is the first option. If you had $(- \csc (x))^2$ then you'd actually have $\csc^2 (x)$.