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March 26th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Exponential simplification

So this is probably a ridiculously simple question for all you math geniuses out there, but I'm trying to simplify these exponentials and I keep getting the wrong answer. I get 16^(k) * 8^(-2k) * 2^(-2k) and have been asked to simplify. I keep getting 1/256^(3k), but maple is telling me the correct answer is 16^(-k). I'm not sure where I've gone wrong here.

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.


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March 26th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Re: Exponential simplification

bases are the same: add the exponents

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Re: Exponential simplification

Hey thanks! Same bases...duh.

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