Rule 1:To multiply identical bases, add the exponents.

Example 3: Simplify tex2html_wrap_inline33 .

Answer: tex2html_wrap_inline35

Solution: You can only group identical bases. Therefore, you can group the 5's and group the 3's.

tex2html_wrap_inline33 can be written as


which in turn can be simplified to tex2html_wrap_inline35 or

48,828,125 x 4,782,969=2.33543 x 1014.

Recall that the exponent 14 lets the reader know that the decimal really belongs 14 places to the right of its current location.

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