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    simplify (y2/y8)(1/y3) please. I cannot figure it out.

    simplify (y2/y8)(1/y3) please. I cannot figure it out.
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    how come I get the feeling that the -2, 8, and -3 are all exponents ?

    is this what you mean ?

     \frac{y^{-2}}{y^8} \cdot \frac{1}{y^{-3}}
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    Quote Originally Posted by plumbob View Post
    simplify (y–2/y8)(1/y–3) please. I cannot figure it out.
    For fractions, when multiplying, you mupltiply the numerator with the numerator and the denominator with the denominator.

    Is your question:

    \left(\frac{y^{-2}}{y^8}\right)\left(\frac{1}{y^{-3}}\right)

    Or

    \left(\frac{y-2}{8y}\right)\left(\frac{1}{y-3}\right)

    Or

    Something else?
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    Those may be exponents,....

    The Prof. wrote the problem out exactly like that. They may be exponents, I am not sure, thanks for the replys.

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