Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 5 - Exponents and Polynomials - Chapter 5 Review Problem Set: 61

Answer

$\dfrac{1}{x^3}$

Work Step by Step

Using the laws of exponents, the given expression, $ x^5x^{-8} ,$ simplifies to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x^{5+(-8)} \\\\= x^{5-8} \\\\= x^{-3} \\\\= \dfrac{1}{x^3} .\end{array}
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