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Math - Dividing Exponents

by Dekari
(Grand Rapids, MI)











































Explain two ways in which you could simplify x⁵/x⁰

1. evaluate x⁰ before dividing (what happens if x = 0)

2. subtract the two exponents

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Jul 25, 2011
Dividing Exponents
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The question:

by Dekari
(Grand Rapids, MI)

Explain two ways in which you could simplify x5/x0


The answer:

x⁵/x⁰

1st option: simplify by evaluating x⁰ before dividing

Note: x⁰ = 1, providing x ≠ 0

(An argument over what happens if x = 0 has been going on for centuries. If x = 0 some mathematicians say that x⁰ = 1. Other mathematicians say that x⁰ = an “indeterminate” value.)

x⁵/x⁰

= x⁵/1

= x⁵


2nd option: simplify by subtracting the two exponents

x⁵/x⁰

= x⁵⁻⁰

= x⁵





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