# Hooke's Law question

I have the following question to answer :

A force of $$160 \ \mathrm{N}$$ stretches a spring $$0.050 \ \mathrm{m}$$ from its equilibrium position.

A. what is the spring constant of the spring?

The equation for Hooke's Law in my text is $$F=-kx$$ , where $$k$$ is the spring constant. So with some simple algebra we can find an equation for $$k: k = -(f/x)$$. After plugging all my values in I get $$-3200$$

My question: Am I supposed to disregard the negative sign when plugging in value?