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Thread: Multiplying and Dividing Monomials: (a/b5)3*

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    Multiplying and Dividing Monomials: (a/b5)3*

    I am taking Online Courses so i kind of have to explain things to myself. When we learned about Monomials i was completely lost. i dont understand ANYTHING associated with them. heres an example----

    (a/b5)3 * *the 3 and the 5 are exponents*

    how am i supposed to solve that??!!! can someone please try to explain this to me an a way i will understand

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    Re: Multiplying and Dividing Monomials

    Mybe this will help.

    http://oakroadsystems.com/math/expolaws.htm

    As for your problem...
    [tex]\left(\frac{a}{b^5}\right)^3[/tex]

    First, there is nothing to solve. This is an expression, rather than an equation. I guess you want it simplified.
    You need to apply one of the rules or possibly two, depending on the instructions.
    [tex]\left(\frac{a^x}{b^y}\right)^z = \frac{a^{xz}}{b^{yz}}[/tex]

    [tex]\frac{1}{a^x}=a^{-x}[/tex]

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    Re: Multiplying and Dividing Monomials: (a/b5)3*

    thanks ill try this and see if i understand...ur awesome for helping!

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