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n to the -2 power is improper, to get rid of the negative, you flip it

so, n to the -2 would be 1 /n to the 2

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Q: Why does a negative exponent equal a fraction?
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What if the problem is a fraction with a negative exponent?

Flip the fraction top-to-bottom, and delete the minus sign from the exponent.

What does a negative exponent produce?

A fraction

What is 0.1 as a negative exponent?

Anything to the power of a negative number is equal to one divided that "anything" raised to the positive value of the exponent. For example:a-b = 1/ abSo you can think of this by expressing the number as a fraction. Consider, what is 0.1 as a fraction? The answer is 1/10. This means that when expressed as an exponent, it would be 10-1.

Why do you move a negative exponent to the other side of the fraction?

This is a procedure used to help people who are new to negative exponents. A negative exponent, when moved to the other side of the fraction, becomes a positive exponent and beginners are more comfortable with working with positive fractions.

What is the reciprocal of a negative exponent when the exponent is a fraction?

The reciprocal of a^(-x/y) is 1/a^(x/y). The fact that the exponent is a fraction makes no difference.

Why is a number to a negative exponent a fraction?

Because a number to the exponent 0 = 1 and any lesser exponent decreases the value.

Why is a negitave exponent put into fraction form?

A negative exponent is put into fraction form because it is a way of writing powers of fractions or decimals.

What do you do when multiplying a positive exponent by a negative exponent?

Example: (4x)-2 The answer to this would be 1/ 16x2. Multiply it out as if the negative exponent was not there ((4x)2), then that will be the denominator of the fraction. The numerator is one.

Does the variable a with the exponent negative n equal 1 over a with the exponent of a positive n?


How do a make a fraction into a negative exponent?

Any non-zero fraction is the same as its reciprocal raised to the power of -1.So 3/4 = (4/3)-1 and there you have your negative exponent!

How do I make a fraction into a negative exponent?

Any non-zero fraction is the same as its reciprocal raised to the power of -1.So 3/4 = (4/3)-1 and there you have your negative exponent!

How do you express negative exponents as positive exponents while multiplying?

you make it into a fraction by puting whatever the negative exponent is attach to an pu that on the botttom of the fraction and leave a one on top

Does a negative fraction plus a positive fraction equal a positive fraction?

only if the positive fraction is "larger" than the negative one.

If the coefficient of the expression axn is a fraction and the exponent is positive will the expression be a polynomial?

Not necessarily. Every exponent in the exponent must be a non-negative integer. This is not what you have specified. For example, if n = 3.5, it is not a term in a polynomial expression.

How do you get rid of negative exponents?

Negative exponents indicate that the number for which the exponent applies to should be placed under one. Ex: 2^(-3) also can be expressed as 1/(2^3) or 1/8. So, to eliminate the negative exponent, simply place the number (and the accompanying exponent) under one to make a fraction.

How do you write 0.7 written as a fraction in simplest form without using a negative exponent?


What can a negative exponent be rewritten as?

A positive exponent in the denominator of a fraction, with one in the numerator. For example: 4-2 = 1/42 (Formatting difficult: read fraction as "one over four squared")

When a number is written in scientific notation how can you tell whether or not it is equal to or greater then 1?

If the exponent is not negative, then a number written in scientific notation is greater than or equal to 1.

What is equal to 4 with an exponent negative 1?

4-1 = 1/4 = 0.25

Does a negative Fraction plus a negative Fraction equal a positive or negaive?

negative -1/2+-1/2 = -1

Where is the negative exponent key on a calculator?

negative 4 with negative 3 as an exponent

What does the term negative exponent mean in math?

the exponent is a negative

What is 2 to the negative 4th power equal?

A negative exponent or power is equivalent to the reciprocal of the positive exponent. 2-4 = 1/24 = 1/16 = 0.0625

How do you express x to the power of negative 2 as a fraction?

a negative exponent simply indicates that the term is the reciprocal of the given value. x to the power of negative 2 is 1/x^2

Negative 0.05 as a fraction?

Negative 0.05 ( - 0.05 ) is equal to - 1/20.