Posted by Sally on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:32am.
Express 3/8a^3y^5 using rational exponents.

Math  MathMate, Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6:03pm
I do not know exactly how the question is worded in case some parentheses are missing.
Case 1:
(3/8)a^{3y}^{5}
... no change required.
Case 2:
use the identity
1/a^{m} = a^{m}
3/(8a^{3}y^{5})
=(3/8)a^{3}y^{5}