Hi I need help with this problem...I cant figure it out...help would be appreciated! (Trying to find x)

$\displaystyle \frac{\ 10^8}{10^5} = \frac{\ x}{10^9} $

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- Sep 30th 2010, 09:34 AMmsmileyFinding x in fraction with scientific notation
Hi I need help with this problem...I cant figure it out...help would be appreciated! (Trying to find x)

$\displaystyle \frac{\ 10^8}{10^5} = \frac{\ x}{10^9} $ - Sep 30th 2010, 10:05 AMHappyJoe
Do you know your power rules?

You need the rules:

$\displaystyle \frac{10^m}{10^n}=10^{m-n},$

$\displaystyle 10^m\cdot 10^n = 10^{m+n}.$

So for example, in your setup, we have

$\displaystyle \frac{10^8}{10^5}=10^{8-5}=10^3.$

And you could multiply both sides of the equation by $\displaystyle 10^9$ to get rid of that in the denominator on the right hand side.

Hope this gives you a clue. Otherwise, feel free to ask about troublesome parts.