hi can someone please help me simplify (3ab^2c)(c^6)? Thanks

Printable View

- September 4th 2008, 12:41 PMgogegalgosimplify algebraic
hi can someone please help me simplify (3ab^2c)(c^6)? Thanks

- September 4th 2008, 12:51 PMChris L T521
Multiply the terms together.

All you really need to do is get one term in the expression.

What is ?

Recall that when you multiply two exponential expressions together, you can add the exponents if and only if they have the same base:

Try to take it from here.

--Chris - September 4th 2008, 12:55 PMgogegalgo
thanks for the reply but just to clarify: when multiplying terms like that you only combine the like terms, right? as in, the c^6 only gets combined to the c, not the 3, a, or b^2? or is the whole thing (3ab^2c) one term?

- September 4th 2008, 01:05 PMChris L T521
are individual terms that make up a larger term.

So when you multiply the expressions together, you combine like terms.

So in this case, it was just and

Division follows the same kind of idea. But addition and subtraction follow different rules.

I hope this clarifies things.

--Chris