Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-805-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-805-9

Chapter 5 - Section 5.7 - Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation - Exercise Set - Page 408: 40



Work Step by Step

Using the laws of exponents, the given expression, $ \dfrac{-15x^4}{3x^9} ,$ simplifies to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (-15\div3)x^{4-9} \\\\= -5x^{-5} \\\\= \dfrac{-5}{x^5} \\\\= -\dfrac{5}{x^5} .\end{array}
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