Posted by Eve on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:18pm.
I am trying to figure out how to evaluate 100^3/2. I'm going by the example (64)^2/3=16. IN the example, 64^2/3 is changed into 64^1/3^2=4^2=16. But I don't get why out of all numbers it is changed into 4^2. I know 16 goes into 64 four times, but why is the answer 16 and what becomes of the 1/3? So how would this apply to 11^3/2? Thanks for your help!

Algebra  MathMate, Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:38pm
First, you'd have to adhere to the rules of priority.
The expression 64^{2/3} is much clearer.
The 2 in the exponent requires us to square the base, and the 3 in the denominator represents (1/3) means we need to take the cube root of the base.
So whether you do ∛((64)²) or (∛64)³ will give the same answer, i.e. ∛(4096)=16 or (4)²=16. The 4 comes from the cube root of 64, or 64^{1/3}.
For 11^{3/2} it is the same procedure, by following the laws of exponents:
x^{a+b} = x^{a} × x^{b}
x^{ab} = (x^{a})^{b}
x^{a} = 1/x^{a}
x^{1/a} = ath root of x.
Therefore
11^{3/2}
=1/11^{3/2}
=1/∛(11³)
=1/∛(1331) 
Algebracorrection  MathMate, Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:39pm
11^{3/2}
=1/11^{3/2}
=1/√(11³)
=1/√(1331)