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Dividing and Multiplying with like bases. If the variables are the same, but the coefficients are not. Does It still count as "Like Bases?"
The variable bases are separate from numerical factors. Each number or variable is considered separately. So the answer is yes.
\[2a ^{8}\times a ^{5}\times7a ^{2}\] So I can just add the exponents?
For example \[12a^5b^3/(6a^2b^7)\] would simplify as \[2a^3/b^4\]The 12 and 6, the a's and b's are each simplified independently of the the others.
Yes. Multiply the 2*7=14, and add the exponents 8+5+7=20, thus the answer would be \[14a^{20}\]
You truly are a lifesaver. Thanks :)
Sorry! I misread the third exponent as the 7 instead of 2. The exponent would be 15.
Lol thanks just confirming.