posted by Pamela .
Please help! I need to simplify this and am confused.
(sqrt5 a^7/2)^4 a^3/a^8
It would help if you posted the equation more clearly by using parentheses.
In general, though use order of operations and exponential rules to reduce the # of variables & constants. For example, a^3/a^8 would become 1/a^5, because when you divide you subtract the exponents.