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    Algebra simplify

    simplify

    3a^-3 * 4a^5
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    Re: Algebra simplify

    I'm assuming this is

    (3 a^-3)*(4 a^5)

    Do you have a notion what it might be? Could you write this as a fraction, with a denominator?

    I'm trying to figure out where you're having difficulty.
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    Re: Algebra simplify

    If you are telling that 3a^-3 * 4a^5 is something like

    ................... 3a^{-3}*4a^{5},

    then it's simple. Just multiply the whole numbers together, and the bases together (folow the law - when equal bases are multiplied, the indices are added. Simple. c:

    ................... \left (3*4\left   \right )( a^{-3}*a^{5} \right )
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    Re: Algebra simplify

    Check up on exponent rules.

    a^m\cdot a^n=a^{m+n}
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