Algebra 1: Common Core (15th Edition)

When a fraction is raised to a power, we distribute that power to both the numerator (the top of the fraction) and the denominator (the bottom of the fraction). Thus, we obtain: $(1/2)^{4}$= ($1^{4})$/($2^{4}$) $2^{4}$ means two multiplied by itself four times, and $1^{4}$ means one multiplied by itself four times, so we find: ($1^{4})$/($2^{4}$)=1/16