# How do you simplify a radical expression if a variable with a negative exponent is on the top (as the numerator)?

Mar 24, 2015

Note that
${x}^{- p}$ is the same thing as $\frac{1}{x} ^ p$

Your question might imply a couple different forms:

1. $\frac{{x}^{- p}}{\sqrt{q}} = \frac{1}{{x}^{p} \cdot \sqrt{q}}$

2. sqrt( (x^(-p)) / q) = sqrt( 1/(x^p q)

or perhaps something else I haven't thought of.

Hopefully this is enough to get you on your way!