# How do you simplify -12^-1?

Jun 3, 2018

$- \frac{1}{12}$

#### Explanation:

The key realization here is that since we have a negative exponent, we can rewrite the expression as

$\frac{1}{- 12} ^ 1$

Notice, we can take the exponent to the denominator and doing so makes it positive. Now, we simply have

$\frac{1}{-} 12$, which we can rewrite as

$- \frac{1}{12}$

Hope this helps!