if 1/x^2 = x^-2/1 then why is 5/x^2 = 5x^-2 instead of x^-2/5?
"if 1/x^2 = x^-2/1 then why is 5/x^2 = 5x^-2 instead of x^-2/5? "
that blue thing "1/x^2 = x^-2/1" is wrong, this is correct: 1/x^2 = x^-2
this is correct, 5/x^2 = 5x^-2 not this 5/x^2= x^-2/5
rules of exponent:
(i) (x/y)^2 = x^2/y^2
(ii) 1/x^n = x^(-n) . . . . . . . . .
rule (ii) applies to your queries.