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    Is this problem considered multiplying a rational expression?

    Alright, so I am working on a few math problems, I am trying to figure out how to solve a pretty basic problem, but the sheet of paper I have does not even tell me what type of problem it is.

    ((x^3 y^-2)/2) * ((x^2)/y)^-2

    Does anyone know how to solve this problem, and if so, can you show me the steps you used to solve this problem, and what is this problem classified as?

    cheers
    -ipatch
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    There is no real 'problem', but I guess you could simplify it.I would classify this under simplifying algebraic expressions.

     \frac{x^3 y^{-2}}{2} \times \left(\frac{x^2}{y}\right)^{-2}

     \frac{x^3}{2y^2} \times \left(\frac{y}{x^2}\right)^2

     \frac{x^3}{2y^2} \times \frac{y^2}{x^4}

    I think you can take it from here?
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