##### simplify 2^-5 .

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simplify 2^-5

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Apr 17th, 2015

The best way to deal with this is first ignore the negative sign and calculate 2 ^5

2^5 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2  = 32

Now 2 ^ -5 is simply the fraction 1/ 32   (this is called the reciprocal of 32)

So 2^-5 = 1/ 32

Another example: 3^2 = 9

So 3 ^-2  = 1 /9 (one ninth)

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