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October 2nd, 2016, 12:32 AM   #1
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Laws of indices, problem

Hi. I have recently started to look at laws of indices (basic I know).

I understand the laws and can work out basic bits, like 4^-2, (x^2)^3, 25^-1/2.

However, when it becomes more complicated I am finding it difficult.

Here is an example of a tough one, my workings out and my answer (which is probably wrong). If anyone has the time to glance at it, I would be grateful, thanks,

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October 2nd, 2016, 02:01 AM   #2
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Learning laws of indices.
Understand most of it, but am stuck on more complicated ones such as this.

If anyone has the time to look through and see if and where I am going wrong, I would appreciate it.
Thanks.

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October 2nd, 2016, 04:27 AM   #3
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The exponent of a is -5/6 - 1/6, which is -6/6, not -4/6.

The exponent of b is 0. b$^0$ is 1, not b.

The exponent of c is -2/6 - (-1/3), which is 0, not -1/3 - 1/3 (which would be -2/3).
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Ahah I see. So I was on the right track at least!

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