# How do you simplify #\frac { x ^ { - 1 } } { 4 x ^ { 4 } }#?

##### 1 Answer

Jun 10, 2018

#### Explanation:

We can rewrite our expression as

And now, all we have to pay attention to is the variables.

Next, we will leverage the exponent property

All this is saying is that if we have the same base, we subtract the exponents. Applying this, we get

Which simplifies further to

If the negative exponent bothers you, we can easily make it positive by bringing it to the denominator. We'll get

Hope this helps!