It means square root,Originally Posted by Ronis
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Note: (this is not for you) I know that , so do not bother me with that. Because in schools terms are positive.
Hello, Ronis!
You have to enclose the entire exponent in braces
. like this: (144a^8b^2)^{1/2}
You can even write: (144^8b^2)^{\frac{1}{2}}
How would I simplify
Each factor is raised to the ½ power: .
Since , we have: .
Use that third property of exponents: .
. . And we get: .