Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-805-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-805-9

Chapter 5 - Section 5.7 - Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation - Exercise Set - Page 409: 59



Work Step by Step

Using the laws of exponents, the given expression, $ \left( -2y^{-1} \right)^{-3} ,$ simplifies to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (-2)^{1(-3)}y^{-1(-3)} \\\\= (-2)^{-3}y^{3} \\\\= \dfrac{y^{3}}{(-2)^{3}} \\\\= \dfrac{y^{3}}{-8} \\\\= -\dfrac{y^{3}}{8} .\end{array}
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