College Algebra (6th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32178-228-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-32178-228-1

Chapter P - Prerequisites: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra - Exercise Set P.2 - Page 33: 109



Work Step by Step

$$(2x^{-3}yz^{-6})(2x)^{-5}$$ When a product is raised to an exponent, raise each factor to that exponent. $$=(2x^{-3}yz^{-6})(2^{-5}x^{-5})$$ Combine like terms and simplify. $$=(2\times2^{-5})(x^{-3}\times x^{-5})(y)(z^{-6})$$ $$=(2^{(1+(-5))})(x^{-3+(-5)})(y)(z^{-6})$$ $$=(2^{-4})(x^{-8})(y)(z^{-6})$$ When an exponent is negative, write the expression as a fraction and move the base from the numerator to the denominator (or vise versa) and make the exponent positive. $$=\frac{y}{2^{4}x^{8}z^{6}}$$ $$=\frac{y}{16x^{8}z^{6}}$$
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