How do you simplify #(-5x^3y^2)/(20x^4y^2)#?

1 Answer
Aug 31, 2016

Answer:

#-1/x#

Explanation:

The numerator and denominator both consist of only one term.
We can simplify in the following way:

Simplify: the signs. ("How many negative signs are there?)
Simplify the numbers as for normal fractions
Simplify the variables - subtract indices of like bases.

#(-cancel5x^3cancelcancely^2)/(cancel20^4x^4cancely^2)#

=#-(x^3)/(4x^4#

=#-1/x#