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January 24th, 2018, 06:27 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2016 From: Atlanta Posts: 5 Thanks: 0  Need help with simplifying rational exponent
I have struggled for hours tonight attempting to eliminate a fractional exponent in the denominator. For instance, one problem has y^5/3 in the denominator. I have the correct answer so I know I am doing it incorrectly (since I am obviously getting the wrong answer). I thought I could simply multiply both the numerator and denominator by either y^3/5 or y^5/3. Neither method is working. I desperately need someone to tell me in a simple fashion how to get rid of the fractional exponent in the denominator. I am not asking for an answer to a problem, simply a method to remove the fractional exponent from the denominator. I would greatly appreciate an answer tonight as I have to turn this in tomorrow. 
January 24th, 2018, 06:50 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 1,028 Thanks: 420 
Please give the original problem completely and exactly plus YOUR WORK. How in the world do you expect anyone to find your mistake if we know neither the problem nor your attempted solution? 
January 24th, 2018, 07:37 PM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,805 Thanks: 1045 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond 
$$\frac{1}{y^{3/5}}=\frac{1}{y^{3/5}}\cdot\frac{y^{3/5}}{y^{3/5}}=y^{3/5}$$
Last edited by greg1313; January 24th, 2018 at 11:35 PM. 

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