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Fractional Exponent: proper answer for 2 ^5/2 - 2^3/2 ?

Postby neo_kalel on Sat May 16, 2009 5:48 pm

2 ^5/2 - 2^3/2, if i typped that write should be 2 to the 5/2 power minus 2 to the 3/2 power. I read the explanation on the site but I can not figure out how to get a proper answer. It was a sample question for an assessment, the listed is 2^3/2 power. But can not figure out how to get there. Please help!
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Postby stapel_eliz on Sat May 16, 2009 6:41 pm

neo_kalel wrote:2 ^5/2 - 2^3/2, if i typped that write should be 2 to the 5/2 power minus 2 to the 3/2 power.

To learn how to format math by just typing, try here. :wink:

In LaTeX form, I think you mean the expression to be as follows:

. . . . .

I suspect that the instructions are to "simplify" or to "express as a single radical term". If so, then you can learn the basics of radicals here and about fractional exponents here. :idea:

Once you've studied the above, then the below should seem sensible:

. . . . .

. . . . .

...and so forth. :wink:
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