Posted by **Jackie** on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 6:02pm.

Simplify each expression (where possible) and write the answer without using negative or fractional exponents. Assume that X>0.

a. 8x^(1/3)

b. (-8x)^(1/3)

c. (8x)^(-1/3)

d. (3x^(3/4))(16x)^(1/4)

e. (x^(1/2)) / (x^(5/2)

so far my answers are : a.2x b. -2x c.1/2x but i feel that i'm doing it completely wrong. d&e i don't know how to solve them...

Could someone explain how to simplify them? Thank You!

- Math- Completely confused! -
**Damon**, Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 6:23pm
a.

If it is 8 * x^(1/3)

that can not be simplifies.

If it were (8 x)^(1/3)

that would be 2 x^(1/3)

b. -8(1/3) = -2 yes

but x^(1/3) = x^(1/3), no simplification

so I get -2 x^(1/3)

c. 1/8^(1/3) = 1/2

so I get

(1/2)(x^-(1/3) )

or

1/[2 x^(1/3)]

d. 3 * 16^(1/4) * x^(3/4)*x^(1/4)

3*2*x^1

6 x

e. x^(1/2 - 5/2) = x^-4/2 = x^-2 = 1/x^2

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