Hello everyone, I completed my last course in college algebra some 3 years ago, needless to say I am rusty at this point. Now I am close to graduating; however, I have learned that one of the requirements for graduate school is a full year of calculus. With that being said I have bought quit a few math related books, starting out with Algebra and working my way up. This is so I can eventually be prepared for calculus before ever stepping foot in the class. I also apologize as I could only find superscripts for 2 and 3 in word 2002.

With that being established currently in my book I’m working with algebraic operations, and I think the book is incorrect regarding a specific example.

Straight from the book on how to solve it:

4a² b³ (2a³b²) + 5ab^-2 (2a^4 b^7) +5

4 · 2a²a³b³b²+5 · 2aa^4 b^-2 b^7 + 5

- Multiply the variables together separately in each term

8a^5

- Add the exponents of the variables that are alike
b^5+ 10a^5b^5+ 5

= (8 + 10) a^5 b^5 + 5 =

- Combine terms that are alike
18a^5 b^5 + 5for your final answer

Making the transition from step 2 to 3 where did the otherb^5go? Since there aretwo b^5shouldn’t the final answer be18a^5 b^10 +5… it seems the author left a b^5. Would some one please confirm if this is correct, If I am wrong and the author is right would some one please instruct me as to where the other b^5 went?

Many thanks