It's hard to type this expression, the 5's 2's and -2 in red are exponents. Please help simplify: (2a5b2/4a5b-2) -4

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- Dec 16th 2009, 06:38 PMjay1Can you help simplify?
It's hard to type this expression, the 5's 2's and -2 in red are exponents. Please help simplify: (2a5b2/4a5b-2) -4

- Dec 16th 2009, 06:40 PMpickslides
- Dec 16th 2009, 06:41 PMbigwave
lets see you try the first step

- Dec 16th 2009, 06:43 PMpickslides
You should consider the following

- Dec 16th 2009, 06:49 PMjay1
Yes pickslides, the above is the expression...tI'm having trouble sorting thru..thanks much

- Dec 16th 2009, 06:56 PMjay1
Is the answer b16/2?

- Dec 16th 2009, 06:57 PMpickslides
Here's one I prepared earlier

first cancelling the coefficents 3 and 9 we get

is similar to both top and bottom as they cancel completely

Now lets take care of the b terms with the rule

finally

and making a common denominator of 3 in both terms gives

Now use this example to finish yours!