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

1. ## 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

2. ## Re: Multiplying and Dividing Monomials

Mybe this will help.

$\left(\frac{a}{b^5}\right)^3$

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.
$\left(\frac{a^x}{b^y}\right)^z = \frac{a^{xz}}{b^{yz}}$

$\frac{1}{a^x}=a^{-x}$

3. ## 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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