EXPONENTIAL RULES - Example

Rule 2: To divide identical bases, subtract the exponents.

Example 5: Simplify tex2html_wrap_inline54 .

Solution: Simplify the numerator using Rule 1.

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Simplify the denominator using Rule 1.

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tex2html_wrap_inline54 can be written

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Now tex2html_wrap_inline64 can also be written tex2html_wrap_inline66 .

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