**The other place negative numbers can pop up in these critters is in the exponent, itself!**

**What kind of math geek hooey is this?!**

**OK, we know that**

**So, what does it mean when the exponent is negative?**

**It means that we have to do something special...**

**We make a fraction with the whole thing in the denominator...and make the exponent positive! **

**Yep. Really. That's what you do. Even though it looks weird!**

**Let's finish it by popping that exponent:**

**Here's another one:**

**Just do the same thing! Put the whole thing in the bottom of a fraction with a one on top... and finish it off.**