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    Exponents

    I am stuck on a problem that states:

    Simplify completely, assume all variables represent non-zero Real Numbers; the final answer should not contain any negative exponents:

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    I am unsure of what I'm suppose to do.. am I adding the inner exponents together (4+-3)??
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    Re: Exponents

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    Re: Exponents

    Quote Originally Posted by Kibbygirl View Post
    I am stuck on a problem that states:

    Simplify completely, assume all variables represent non-zero Real Numbers; the final answer should not contain any negative exponents:

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    I am unsure of what I'm suppose to do.. am I adding the inner exponents together (4+-3)??
    You can perform algebraic manipulations only on powers with same base :

    a^x \cdot a^y=a^{x+y}

    \frac{a^x}{a^y}=a^{x-y}

    a^{-x}=\frac{1}{a^x}

    \left(a^x\right)^y=a^{x \cdot y}
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    Re: Exponents

    Thank you!
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