OpenStudy (anonymous):

Simplify. (If an answer is undefined, enter UNDEFINED.) (a^1/2 X a^-2)^5

5 years ago
OpenStudy (saifoo.khan):

\[\Huge (a^{\frac12 + (-2)})^5\to (a^{\frac12 -2})^5\]Can you solve further?

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

um hold on just a second

5 years ago
OpenStudy (saifoo.khan):

kk

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I actually dont know what the next step would be

5 years ago
OpenStudy (saifoo.khan):

Solve the exponents inside the brackets first.

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

so would it be.. a^-1

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

because wouldnt the 2's cancel out

5 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I am stumped I dont know what to do

5 years ago