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July 14th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Exponent rule question

If you have:



Is it the same as or or ?
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July 14th, 2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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I'm leaning towards the first one but I just want to be sure
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July 14th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Try it on a simple calculator
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The first two are equivalent to but you want , which is the third one.
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July 14th, 2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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So if I wanted to simplify , it would not be possible? I cannot multiply exponents that are raised to exponents?

Because I remember learning that:

But wanted to make sure it's not the same thing as what's being presented here
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You have to consider what the exponents are raising. In the base for the exponent 4 is , but with the base for the exponent 4 is 2, and the base for the exponent is x.
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Oh, I see it now. Thanks, just wanted to clarify a differential question
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July 14th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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If you have:



Is it the same as or or ?
If the problem were , then it would be equal to .

But what you wrote (according to the latex code) is which is much larger (on the order of ).
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