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Make it a fraction, flip the numerator and denominator, and the exponent is no long negative.

For example

4-3 = 1/43 = 1/64

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why the exponents can not be negative

When multiplying numbers with exponents, you add the exponents.

property of negative exponents

Positive exponents: an = a*a*a*...*a where there are n (>0) lots of a. Negative exponents: a-n = 1/(a*a*a*...*a) where there are n (>0) lots of a.

They can be written as reciprocals with positive exponents. For example, 5-7 = (1/5)7

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You can have negative exponents anywhere. When they are in the denominator, they are equivalent to positive exponents in the numerator of a fraction.

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Negative exponents are used to represent 1 divided by an a base to a specific exponent.

why the exponents can not be negative

7x6x6x7x2x7x6 = 2 x 63 x 73

When multiplying numbers with exponents, you add the exponents.

by doing reciprocal

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No, that cable is connected to ground, so it cannot short out.

They are the reciprocals of the positive exponents. Thus, x-a = 1/xa

Exponents that are NOT a negative exponent therefore they are mostly whole numbers kind of:)

property of negative exponents