For some reason I am having a memory lapse, but I cannot remember basic algebra at the moment.
Would these hypothetical questions and their solutions be correct?
the first is incorrect.
when you have like "bases" (the x's), and you multiply, then you add the exponents (the imaginary subscript that are ones).
So for the first, you just multiply the regular numbers 2 and 3, which equals 6.
then you have .
The second is good, notice how you applied what I done above.