# Algebra

(Rational exponents)simplifying

a^1/2/a^2

Please post steps

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asked by tbell
1. If you mean
a1/2 ÷ a²
then by the law of exponents, 1/a² becomes a-2
and the expression equals
a1/2+(-2)
=?

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2. No it's a fraction
a with the exponent 1/2 as the numerator and a^2 as the denominator

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posted by tbell
3. a1/2 ÷ a²
is the mathematical equivalent of
a1/2 / a²
so no worries.

I wrote the ÷ specifically to avoid confusion since two "/" signs were in the expression.

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4. I guess my typo made more confusion than anything else! :(

a1/2 ÷ a²
is the mathematical equivalent of
a1/2 / a²
so no worries.

I wrote the ÷ specifically to avoid confusion since two "/" signs were in the expression.

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5. Thank you

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posted by tbell
6. You're welcome!

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7. a^(-1.5) ?

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posted by Damon

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