# Simplifying quotients?

• October 22nd 2007, 07:13 PM
Dunit0001
Simplifying quotients?
I just want to know if i did this right....

(5t^3)/(15t^5) = (5t x 3t^2)/(5t^3 x 3t^2) = 5t/5t^3 = t/t^3
• October 22nd 2007, 07:17 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dunit0001
I just want to know if i did this right....

(5t^3)/(15t^5) = (5t x 3t^2)/(5t^3 x 3t^2) = 5t/5t^3 = t/t^3

It's not okay, and your answer should be simplified. (You added an extra factor of 3 in your numerator.) You could have found a better set of factors:
$\frac{5t^3}{15t^5} = \frac{5t^3}{5t^3 \cdot 3t^2} = \frac{1}{3t^2}$

-Dan
• October 22nd 2007, 07:18 PM
Dunit0001
I knew I should have used that....

stupid me....thanks!
• October 22nd 2007, 07:22 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dunit0001
I knew I should have used that....

stupid me....thanks!

We all have days like that. (Fubar) No worries.

-Dan