# How do you simplify #(4xy)^-1# and write it using only positive exponents?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

Permit me to explain using examples

Suppose we had

This is the same as

Going back to the beginning: Write as

No consider

Suppose we had

This is the same as

No using the method from above

So

Not going through the whole demonstration process just accept that:

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Using the principles demonstrated above. The power of -1 is applied to everything inside the brackets.

So