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    Unhappy Exponents and Equations

    I have a bunch of questions here. Some I am unsure about the answer, some I just can't do.

    1. Simplify (2a7 x 50a3)-1/2
    For this one I would assume you do inside the brackets first, and then do the power of negative 1/2, so: (100a10)-1/2... THIS is the answer I get: 0.1a-5
    Is that right?

    2. Write log 8 + log 16 in terms of log 2.
    I ended up going: log 23 + log 24, and then 3 log 2 + 4 log 2, and then 7 log 2, and then log 27. I'm not sure if I should go back a step and the answer is 7 log 2

    3. Simplify (x2 + 3x - 10)(x + 5)-1 this one I can't do because I don't know whether to expand the brackets first, or what to do with the -1 power!!!

    Please help.
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    Re: Exponents and Equations

    1. That's correct.
    2. It's correct in my opinion.
    3. (x^2+3x-10)(x+5)^{-1} = \frac{x^2+3x-10}{x+5}, can you factorize x^2+3x-10?
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    Re: Exponents and Equations

    I'm going to put my two cents in here. For problem 1 you probably should give the answer as 1/10 not 0.1. (Math at this level isn't usually expressed in digits.) For problem 2 the problem statement is given as logs so your answer probably be in logs as well. (So pick the 7 log 2.)

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    Re: Exponents and Equations

    Aha! For the last one I thought about making the exponent positive by putting a 1 on top of that last bracket... but your answer should have been obvious to me!! D'oh. Thanks to everyone who replied to this thread.
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