# How do you express x^3 y^-5 with positive exponents?

Jun 29, 2016

${x}^{3} / {y}^{5}$

#### Explanation:

${x}^{3} {y}^{-} 5$

Anything to a negative exponent can be rewritten as one (1) over that term, with a positive exponent. For example:

${x}^{-} 2$ can be $\frac{1}{x} ^ 2$

So, let's use that concept for your question.

${x}^{3} \cdot {y}^{-} 5$

${x}^{3} \cdot \frac{1}{y} ^ 5$

${x}^{3} / 1 \cdot \frac{1}{y} ^ 5$

${x}^{3} / {y}^{5}$