## Understanding 1 1/4 to the Power of 2

This article will guide you through understanding the process of calculating **1 1/4 to the power of 2** (written as (1 1/4)²) and expressing the result as a fraction.

### Converting to an Improper Fraction

The first step is to convert the mixed number **1 1/4** into an improper fraction.

**Multiply the whole number (1) by the denominator (4):**1 * 4 = 4**Add the numerator (1):**4 + 1 = 5**Keep the same denominator:**5/4

Now we have **1 1/4** represented as **5/4**.

### Squaring the Fraction

To square a fraction, we simply square both the numerator and the denominator.

**(5/4)² = (5²)/(4²) = 25/16**

### Final Answer

Therefore, **1 1/4 to the power of 2 is equal to 25/16**. This fraction can also be expressed as a mixed number: **1 9/16**.