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    Exponent Laws

    Hi there,

    here is a question with a negative exponent on the bottom. I would appreciate ANY!! help!

    Simplify.

    x^2a-h x x^a-3h / (x^3a+h) ^-2

    THANK YOU!
    ^ means exponent
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    Quote Originally Posted by notaveragejoe
    Hi there,

    here is a question with a negative exponent on the bottom. I would appreciate ANY!! help!

    Simplify.

    x^2a-h x x^a-3h / (x^3a+h) ^-2

    THANK YOU!
    ^ means exponent
    You have,
    \frac{x^2 a-hx x^a-3h}{(x^3a+h)^{-2}}
    Since you are dividing by a negative exponent you can bring the denominator to the numerator and remove the negative,
    (x^2a-hx x^a-3h)(x^2a+h)^2
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    Quote Originally Posted by notaveragejoe
    Hi there,

    here is a question with a negative exponent on the bottom. I would appreciate ANY!! help!

    Simplify.

    x^2a-h x x^a-3h / (x^3a+h) ^-2

    THANK YOU!
    ^ means exponent
    Are you saying: \frac{x^{2a-h}\times x^{a-3h}}{\left(x^{3a+h}\right)^{-2}}

    or: \frac{\left(x^{2a}-h\right)\times \left(x^{a}-3h\right)}{\left(x^{3a}+h\right)^{-2}}

    if it's neither of those two than try rewriting it with as many paranthesis as possible and write out the word "times".
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