# How do you simplify 1/4-2?

$\frac{1}{4^{-2}}=\frac{1}{\frac{1}{4^{2}}}$

We know that 42 = 16. so multiply the denominator and numerator by the reciprocal

$\frac{1}{\frac{1}{4^{2}}}=\frac{1. \frac{16}{1}}{\frac{1}{16}.\frac{16}{1}}$

=16