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A factor that contains a negative exponent may be rewritten on the other side of the division bar by changing the sign of the exponent.

A fraction raised to a negative exponent may be rewritten as the reciprocal of the fraction raised to the corresponding positive exponent.

Here, x ≠ 0 and y ≠ 0.

Example 1

Simplify and write using only positive exponents:

Solution

Example 2