# SOLUTION: Could someone please tell me if I am right? 3x^-5/2x^3 Is the answer 3/2x^8

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 Question 581121: Could someone please tell me if I am right? 3x^-5/2x^3 Is the answer 3/2x^8 Answer by bucky(2189)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Given to simplify: . . You got the answer correct if you meant it to be interpreted as: . . You correctly recognized that you divide the two in the denominator into the 3 in the numerator. Then, if you recognized that in this problem the x term in the denominator is the divisor and the x term in the numerator is the dividend and when you divide these two you subtract the exponent 3 of the divisor from the exponent -5 of the dividend to get the answer . . So the answer to the problem could have been written as: . which is equivalent to . And by the rules of exponents, you can put the x term in the denominator, but in doing so its exponent changes sign. In this case the answer can be written as the answer that you got. Namely as: . . Hope this helps you to gain some further understanding of and confidence in the method that you used in working this problem. Good job!!! Keep it up!!! .