Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321785045
ISBN 13: 978-0-32178-504-6

Chapter 5 - Section 5.1 - Exponents and Scientific Notation - Vocabulary, Readiness & Video Check: 3

Answer

3

Work Step by Step

We are given the expression $-3^{5}$. Recall that an exponential expression consists of a factor, known as the base, and an exponent. The number of times that the base is multiplied is indicated by the value of the exponent. Therefore, 3 is the base of the exponent 3. Without parentheses around both the 3 and the negative sign, only the 3 is multiplied by the exponent. Multiplied out, $-3^{5}=-(3\times 3\times 3\times 3\times 3)$
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