# How do you simplify -6q^-2?

Sep 26, 2016

$- 6 {q}^{-} 2 = - \frac{6}{q} ^ 2$

#### Explanation:

in this case, note that only the $q$ is raised to negative index of 2.

Recall: ${x}^{-} m = \frac{1}{x} ^ m$

$- 6 {q}^{-} 2 = - \frac{6}{q} ^ 2$

Everything else stays the same, only the negative index is changed.