## Algebra 1: Common Core (15th Edition)

$\frac{1}{25}$
$(-5)^{-2}$ = $\frac{1}{(-5)^{2}}$ = $\frac{1}{25}$ Whenever there is a negative exponent, we should place the term under a 1 to make the exponent positive. Then we evaluate the expression. In this instance, the answer is $\frac{1}{25}$