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March 26th, 2010, 07:51 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2010 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  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. Cheers, Nick 
March 26th, 2010, 08:36 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,949 Thanks: 1141 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: Exponential simplification bases are the same: add the exponents 
March 26th, 2010, 08:55 PM  #3 
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Hey thanks! Same bases...duh. Great avatar! I love Miles! 

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