Not sure how to solve the last part of this problem. The original equation reads:
So then you raise the powers to get some nicer exponents to work which looks like this
and here is where I am lost, the author adds the exponents of the variables and ends up with
How is the author getting x^6/2, y^4/2 when you distribute for the first part of the equation? I am completely clueless as to how she did this could someone please fill me in. Thanks!
Thanks for the input everyone! I just realized I made a mistake. At times I forgot the author assumes that one is not utilizing a calculator.
1/2+5/2 she had 6/2
I just punched it in the calculator and got 3 and skipped one of her steps. Very stupid of me for not seeing this earlier, thanks!