Algebra II/Trig
posted by Davmat on .
Simplify:
1/5(5a^2b^3)^2(abc)^4
How do you simplify this.
How does the "5" play a role in this?
how would you get 1/5 of "5"

1/5(5a^2b^3)^2(abc)^4
= 1/5[(5)^2(a^2)^2(b^3)^2][(a^4)(b^4)(c^4)]
= 1/5[25a^8b^10c^4]
= 5(a^8)(b^10)(c^4)
1/5 of "5" would be 1 but you have to do the powers (exponents) before you do the division or multiplication