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May 13th, 2016, 04:01 AM   #1
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How to multiply an exponent?

$(5x^3)^2$.

How does this simplify? Is it $25x^6$ or $5x^6$?
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The first is correct.
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The first is correct.
I thought exponents were supposed to be added when multiplying.
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I thought exponents were supposed to be added when multiplying.
But you aren't multplying, you are raising to a power (exponentiating).
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