anonymous
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Simplify the following expression, and rewrite it in an equivalent form with positive exponents. -18x^2y^4/6x^7y^2
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anonymous
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\[-18x^2y^4/6x^7y^2\]
anonymous
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is this what you mean
anonymous
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YES

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anonymous
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Sorry for the caps
anonymous
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ok great think of it like this \[-18x*x*y*y*y*y/6x*x*x*x*x*x*x*y*y\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
I know it looks long but now think about canceling
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay so when dividing you subtract then right
anonymous
  • anonymous
yes if you had X^3/x^2 you would have x^3-2
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay was just trying to figure out how the division part worked for exponents so now I divide -18 from 6 to get 3 right then subtract the like exponents
anonymous
  • anonymous
yes! but you have one little error. do you see it?
anonymous
  • anonymous
the negative sign
anonymous
  • anonymous
yep! good work!
anonymous
  • anonymous
well from the way the question was worded it said to rewrite with positive exponents
anonymous
  • anonymous
ah yes the exponent means the power. as in x^5 5 is the exponinet -3 is called the coeffecient in you problem
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay so I was right when I said the problem I got -3x^5y^2 but it doesn't look right to me
anonymous
  • anonymous
I see what you mean the simplied version will be-3x^-5y^2
anonymous
  • anonymous
like this \[-3y^2 / x^5\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay is that the way it is supposed to look
anonymous
  • anonymous
I wasn't sure
anonymous
  • anonymous
yep! simpfied here means that you did all of the division you could
anonymous
  • anonymous
remember that x^-3 = 1/(x^3) for example
anonymous
  • anonymous
one other question when you multiply 2 negatives you get 2 positives correct?
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay that's right
anonymous
  • anonymous
Negative * negative = postive
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay thanks
anonymous
  • anonymous
np!
anonymous
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Thank you again for helping me to answer my problem
anonymous
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I gave you a medal and fanned you also
anonymous
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No problem anytime!

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