Algebra

Simplify the equation.

(b^2)(there's a tiny box here)=b8

Can someone explain how to do this, and what the tiny box is?

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  1. I assume it means you need to multiply b^2 by something. Since

    b^8 = b^2 * b^6

    b^6 goes into the box.

    Or, it might mean that b^2 is to be raised to a power. Since 8=2*4,

    (b^2)^4 = b^(2*4) = b^8

    This appears to be just an exercise in working with properties of exponents.

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