# Power Of a negative number, moving decimal [closed]

I need help. I don't understand what the number looks like when I get given a to the power of after it.

I've calculated a number:

0.999^14(1-0.999)^1

It gives me the result:

9.86090637x10^-04

Where I'm confused is : x10^04

Does this mean the decimal place should move forward 4 places, giving me the number:

0.000986090637

What is the multiplier at the end telling me about my number?

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you.

• Impossible to understand: you have both $10^{-04}$ and $10^{0.4}$. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 13:26
• The first one is $10^{-4}$ that means: $\dfrac {1} {10^4}$. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 13:26
• The second one is a "weird" way to write $10^{4/10}$. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 13:27
• Thanks, I've edited my question to clear up this bit. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 13:30

You're right. It just means $9.86090637\times 10^{-4}$, so the decimal point should be moved forward $4$ places.

• Thanks for clearing up my confusion. I appreciate the help. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 13:27