Q: What do you do when the exponent is negative?

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negative 4 with negative 3 as an exponent

the exponent is a negative

A number to a negative exponent is the inverse of the number to the positive exponent. That is, x-a = 1/xa

If you have a negative exponent, then put 1/the number multiplied by itself the number of times of the exponent. For example: 3-2=1/(3x3)=1/9

Negative x negative x negative = negative.

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negative 4 with negative 3 as an exponent

Polynomials cannot have negative exponent.

the exponent is a negative

A number to a negative exponent is the inverse of the number to the positive exponent. That is, x-a = 1/xa

A negative exponent is the reciprocal of the corresponding positive exponent. 102 = 100 10-2 = 1/100

A negative exponent implies a reciprocal.Thus x^-a = 1/x^a or, equivalently, (1/x)^a

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.

If you have a negative exponent, then put 1/the number multiplied by itself the number of times of the exponent. For example: 3-2=1/(3x3)=1/9

Negative x negative x negative = negative.

No, a number raised to a negative exponent is less than 1. When a number is raised to a negative exponent, it is inverted and the exponent becomes positive. This means that the value of the number decreases as the exponent becomes more negative.

A fraction

negative 8 would be the base and the 15 would be the exponent