# How do you simplify (-5)^-2?

##### 1 Answer
Apr 13, 2017

$\frac{1}{25}$

#### Explanation:

Since the negative power is equivalent to taking the reciprocal,

${\left(- 5\right)}^{- 2} = \frac{1}{- 5} ^ 2 = \frac{1}{25}$