# How do you simplify #m ^ 2n^-2#?

##### 1 Answer

May 19, 2016

If a term with a negative exponent changes position in a fraction, the exponent will become positive, like in this example

#### Explanation:

Negative exponents indicate that should they change where they are in a fraction, they will change from negative to positive.

In this case, let's start with:

I'm going to rewrite this as a fraction:

The positive exponent in m means it is fine where it is. The negative exponent in n means that if it changes position to the denominator, it will be positive there, like this: