SOLUTION: I am supposed to divide a^10 by a^4...since the letters are the same am I supposed to divide 10/4?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Expressions-with-variables Question 82880: I am supposed to divide a^10 by a^4...since the letters are the same am I supposed to divide 10/4?Answer by jim_thompson5910(29613)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!When the variables are the same you simply subtract the exponents. So if you have it becomes Here's why you're subtracting: is really 10 a's multiplied and is 4 a's multiplied, so really looks like this: When you divide you're canceling out 4 a's, or subtracting 4 a's from 10 a's like this So you're left with 6 a's which is equivalent to