Got Homework?
Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
skylar87
Group Title
help!!! simplify do not use negative exponents in the answer 12a 5th power / 2a 8th power
 one year ago
 one year ago
skylar87 Group Title
help!!! simplify do not use negative exponents in the answer 12a 5th power / 2a 8th power
 one year ago
 one year ago

This Question is Closed

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[12a ^{5}\2a ^{8}\] real problem
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Just to be clear, is this what you mean? \[\frac{12a^{5}}{2a^{8}}\]
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Okay, are you able to solve it *with* negative exponents?
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I did not know how to make the line on here
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
\frac{top}{bottom} Do that in the Equation editor, or within \[ and \ ]
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
nope it said do not use neg exponents and the 5 is 5 and the 8 is 8
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I know, but once we get to the final answer *with* negative exponents, we can get rid of them by rewriting the answer.
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Wait, are you saying it's to the power of 5 and 8?
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Which is correct—top or bottom? \[\frac{12a^{5}}{2a^{8}}\] \[\frac{12a^{5}}{2a^{8}}\]
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Okay, great. And there are no brackets, right? It's not \((12a)^{5}\)?
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
So, to start, are you able to simplify the equation?
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I could not find an exmaple in the book like mines so one of the problems in the exercise is like my real problem i need help to figure it out so i can solve mines
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Do you know how to simplify exponents?
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
When dividing like bases (in this case, \(a\)), you subtract the bottom exponent from the top. So, \(a^{(5)(8)}\).
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
As for your numeric constants, you just divide them (\(12 \div 2\))
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
ok so that will be 13
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
No, it's (5)  (8).
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
12/2 is 6 5(8)=3
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
A doublenegative is a positive (in math).
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
So what's your final answer?
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
6a\[6a ^3\]
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
do I do the samething if my problem has 12 x top and 8y bottom
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Do you mean like: \(\Large{\frac{12x}{8y}}\) ? No, those are different variables, so you cannot divide one by the other.
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You can simplify the numbers \(\Large{\frac{12}{8} = \frac{3}{2}}\), but that's all.
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yes with 6 at the top and 10 at the bottom
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Ahh, so: \[\frac{12x^{6}}{8y^{10}}\] Nope, all you can simplify in this case is 12/8.
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Yes, with the same exponents.
 one year ago

skylar87 Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
so there isn't any steps to break it down because my teacher keep saying show your work
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
If they're different variables, you can't simplify them further.
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
The only "work" you could show is dividing both the top and bottom by 4, to simplify your numeric fraction.
 one year ago

geoffb Group TitleBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
\[\Large\frac{12x^{6}}{8y^{10}} \small\frac{\div 4}{\div 4}\]
 one year ago
See more questions >>>
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.