# How do you simplify -12^-1?

Mar 16, 2018

-1/12

#### Explanation:

The negative exponent means that the number will go to the denominator.
$- {12}^{-} 1 = - \frac{1}{12}$
The negative still stays.

Mar 16, 2018

$- \frac{1}{12}$

#### Explanation:

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

any number (except 0) raised to the power of a negative exponent becomes the reciprocal (or multiplicative inverse) of that number (e.g. ${5}^{-} 2 = \frac{1}{5} ^ 2 = \frac{1}{25}$).