# Thread: Dividing with a negative in Denom

1. ## Dividing with a negative in Denom

$(\frac{-p^{-1}q^{-1}}{(-3)pq^{-3}})^{-2}
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2. Originally Posted by wykamikaam
$(\frac{-p^{-1}q^{-1}}{(-3)pq^{-3}})^{-2}
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Ok the original post is finally updated to show the correct expression. I would love to show my work so far but I am stuck on where to start on this one.

3. Originally Posted by wykamikaam
$(\frac{-p^{-1}q^{-1}}{(-3)pq^{-3}})^{-2}
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$\left(\frac{-p^{-1}q^{-1}}{(-3)pq^{-3}}\right)^{-2}
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$=\left(\frac{q^3}{3ppq}\right)^{-2}$

$=\left(\frac{q^2}{3p^2}\right)^{-2}$

$=\left(\frac{3p^2}{q^2}\right)^{2}$

$=\frac{9p^4}{q^4}$

4. Thank you very much. Your post helped me figure it out completely!