# How do you simplify 1/x^-3?

Mar 15, 2016

Recall that negative exponents means that you flip the sign over. This is because ${x}^{-} 1 = \frac{1}{x}$

Therefore, to connect that idea, $\frac{1}{x} ^ - 3$ becomes

$\frac{1}{\frac{1}{x} ^ 3}$

The negative sign becomes positive when you flip the fraction.

From here, you just do fraction division, flip the denominator over and multiply.

The final answer would then be $1 \cdot {x}^{3}$ or ${x}^{3}$