Math Help - negative exponent

1. negative exponent

-0.0583 = x^-2

Solve for x.

What do you have to do to -0.0583 to find x?

2. Just remember that $x^{-a} = \frac {1}{x^a}$.

So you need to solve $-0.0583 = \frac {1}{x^2}$. Which should be pretty easy.

Hope that helps!

EDIT: Just noticed there's a wrinkle here, since the answer involves the square root of a negative number. So the actual answer is imaginary (i.e. a complex number). Still, that aside, that's how negative exponents basically work.