Rules of Indices

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  1. Thanks for this, very helpful stuff

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  2. Amy says:

    HELP!!!! I need to know what rule five is for a test tomorrow!! It says in my book:
    2(in powers) -3=1 over 2, to the power 3= 1 over 8??? can
    someone explain please?????

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  3. admin says:

    Sorry, I could not get to your comment in time. I will be updating this entry with more content very soon.

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  4. it is kind of unclear of how the rules are divided and explained because i think they are more rules. so that was kind of unclear.

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  5. whitney says:

    what is A raise to the power x or A raise to the power 2x .

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  6. Anna says:

    A very helpful explanantion – thank you.

    In the last line of rule four (just over the rule five title) am I right in thinking that the first fraction has been (inadventently) turn over again?

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  7. Emmi says:

    my mind is fully clear after seeing this. thankyou.

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  8. segun says:

    Thanks for dis!!!!

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  9. ZP says:

    Really helpful. Cheers

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  10. Anaan says:

    Hey I need help.
    How do you solve 3 to the power of 100 times 4 to the power of 100?

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  11. Author says:

    Hi is that

    \[ 3^{100} × 4^{100} \]

    Remember you cannot apply any rule here since the bases for both numbers is different.

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  12. Rhyan says:

    thanks this really helps when trying to revise

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  13. Lamin Jammeh says:

    Thanks…How does the rule apply when adding or subtracting the same bases but powers eg. X^a + X^b

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  14. Bob says:

    Because its brackets basic multiplication and division they ARRRREEE the 3 rules though. :D

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  15. bob says:

    awesome

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  16. YOLO says:

    quite good

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  17. Age says:

    Age

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  18. saran says:

    how to solve
    10^n – 4^n / 5^n – 2^n

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  19. THANK YOU

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  20. alvin says:

    thx

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  21. Rasad says:

    this is very help full web but i cant find the quation’s like
    a1 over 2 x a-3 over 4

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  22. Rasad says:

    this is very help full web but i cant find the quation’s like this one
    a1 over 2 x a-3 over 4

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  23. Thomas Graham says:

    Hi most of your notes i find easy to understand but below my teacher (i’m an adult learner)he as given us stuff to reduce to a single index i have brackets within in brackets and fractions inside that and powers i’m confused have you a page i can look at please?

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    • Author says:

      Hello Thomas,

      Can you type some examples of the questions that your teacher wants you to work out. Brackets means multiply so you might have to expand the expressions first. Are they similar to this:
      \[(x^2y^3) ÷ (x^2y^4) \]
      \[ (4^2(4×4×4)) × ((4×4×4)4^5) \]
      Remember indices rules only apply when the base for all the terms is the same to be able to reduce it to a single indexed number.

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  24. Ann says:

    Hi, I am having difficulty working out this question. Can anybody help ?

    5×2/3=x-1/3

    The answer is 1/5 but I am having trouble getting to that answer.

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