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Simplify each of the following quotients as much as possible using the power of a quotient rule. Write answers with positive exponents.

  1. ( b 5 c ) 3
  2. ( 5 u 8 ) 4
  3. ( −1 w 3 ) 35
  4. ( p −4 q 3 ) 8
  5. ( c −5 d −3 ) 4
  1. b 15 c 3
  2. 625 u 32
  3. −1 w 105
  4. q 24 p 32
  5. 1 c 20 d 12
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Simplifying exponential expressions

Recall that to simplify an expression means to rewrite it by combing terms or exponents; in other words, to write the expression more simply with fewer terms. The rules for exponents may be combined to simplify expressions.

Simplifying exponential expressions

Simplify each expression and write the answer with positive exponents only.

  1. ( 6 m 2 n −1 ) 3
  2. 17 5 17 −4 17 −3
  3. ( u −1 v v −1 ) 2
  4. ( −2 a 3 b −1 ) ( 5 a −2 b 2 )
  5. ( x 2 2 ) 4 ( x 2 2 ) −4
  6. ( 3 w 2 ) 5 ( 6 w −2 ) 2

  1. ( 6 m 2 n −1 ) 3 = ( 6 ) 3 ( m 2 ) 3 ( n −1 ) 3 The power of a product rule = 6 3 m 2 3 n −1 3 The power rule =   216 m 6 n −3 Simplify . = 216 m 6 n 3 The negative exponent rule

  2. 17 5 17 −4 17 −3 = 17 5 4 3 The product rule = 17 −2 Simplify . = 1 17 2  or  1 289 The negative exponent rule

  3. ( u −1 v v −1 ) 2 = ( u −1 v ) 2 ( v −1 ) 2 The power of a quotient rule = u −2 v 2 v −2 The power of a product rule = u −2 v 2 ( −2 ) The quotient rule = u −2 v 4 Simplify . = v 4 u 2 The negative exponent rule

  4. ( −2 a 3 b 1 ) ( 5 a −2 b 2 ) = −2 5 a 3 a −2 b −1 b 2 Commutative and associative laws of multiplication = −10 a 3 2 b −1 + 2 The product rule = −10 a b Simplify .

  5. ( x 2 2 ) 4 ( x 2 2 ) −4 = ( x 2 2 ) 4 4 The product rule =   ( x 2 2 ) 0 Simplify . = 1 The zero exponent rule

  6. ( 3 w 2 ) 5 ( 6 w −2 ) 2 = ( 3 ) 5 ( w 2 ) 5 ( 6 ) 2 ( w −2 ) 2 The power of a product rule = 3 5 w 2 5 6 2 w −2 2 The power rule = 243 w 10 36 w −4 Simplify . = 27 w 10 ( −4 ) 4 The quotient rule and reduce fraction = 27 w 14 4 Simplify .
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Simplify each expression and write the answer with positive exponents only.

  1. ( 2 u v 2 ) −3
  2. x 8 x −12 x
  3. ( e 2 f 3 f −1 ) 2
  4. ( 9 r −5 s 3 ) ( 3 r 6 s −4 )
  5. ( 4 9 t w −2 ) −3 ( 4 9 t w −2 ) 3
  6. ( 2 h 2 k ) 4 ( 7 h −1 k 2 ) 2
  1. v 6 8 u 3
  2. 1 x 3
  3. e 4 f 4
  4. 27 r s
  5. 1
  6. 16 h 10 49
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Using scientific notation

Recall at the beginning of the section that we found the number 1.3 × 10 13 when describing bits of information in digital images. Other extreme numbers include the width of a human hair, which is about 0.00005 m, and the radius of an electron, which is about 0.00000000000047 m. How can we effectively work read, compare, and calculate with numbers such as these?

A shorthand method of writing very small and very large numbers is called scientific notation    , in which we express numbers in terms of exponents of 10. To write a number in scientific notation, move the decimal point to the right of the first digit in the number. Write the digits as a decimal number between 1 and 10. Count the number of places n that you moved the decimal point. Multiply the decimal number by 10 raised to a power of n . If you moved the decimal left as in a very large number, n is positive. If you moved the decimal right as in a small large number, n is negative.

For example, consider the number 2,780,418. Move the decimal left until it is to the right of the first nonzero digit, which is 2.

The number 2,780,418 is written with an arrow extending to another number: 2.780418. An arrow tracking the movement of the decimal point runs underneath the number. Above the number a label on the number reads: 6 places left.

We obtain 2.780418 by moving the decimal point 6 places to the left. Therefore, the exponent of 10 is 6, and it is positive because we moved the decimal point to the left. This is what we should expect for a large number.

2.780418 × 10 6

Working with small numbers is similar. Take, for example, the radius of an electron, 0.00000000000047 m. Perform the same series of steps as above, except move the decimal point to the right.

Questions & Answers

f(x)=x/x+2 given g(x)=1+2x/1-x show that gf(x)=1+2x/3
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how to solve x²=2x+8 factorization?
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x=2x+8 x-2x=2x+8-2x x-2x=8 -x=8 -x/-1=8/-1 x=-8 prove: if x=-8 -8=2(-8)+8 -8=-16+8 -8=-8 (PROVEN)
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x=2x+8
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×=2x-8 minus both sides by 2x
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so, x-2x=2x+8-2x
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then cancel out 2x and -2x, cuz 2x-2x is obviously zero
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so it would be like this: x-2x=8
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then we all know that beside the variable is a number (1): (1)x-2x=8
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so we will going to minus that 1-2=-1
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so it would be -x=8
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so next step is to cancel out negative number beside x so we get positive x
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so by doing it you need to divide both side by -1 so it would be like this: (-1x/-1)=(8/-1)
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so -1/-1=1
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so x=-8
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SO THE ANSWER IS X=-8
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x=2x+8 x-2x=8 -x=8 x=-8 by mantu from India
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x²=2x-8 x²-2x=8 -x²=8 x²=-8 square root(x²)=square root(-8) x=sq. root(-8)
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I mean x²=2x+8 by factorization method
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I think x=-2 or x=4
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x= 2x+8 ×=8-2x - 2x + x = 8 - x = 8 both sides divided - 1 -×/-1 = 8/-1 × = - 8 //// from somalia
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