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Since the desired form has no square roots, we will start by eliminating the square root. We can replace the square root with an exponent of 1/2. Because of occasional display problems with fractional exponents I am going to use the decimal equivalent of 1/2, 0.5:
We now have a power of a power of 8. The rule for exponents for this is to multiply the exponents:
We still want an exponent of just x. So we need still to eliminate the -1 and the 0.5. Since
we can introduce a 2 into the exponent:
Again we use the rule for exponents:
The exponent simplifies to:
We're making progress. All we have to do now is eliminate the -1. The exponent is now a subtraction. And when do we subtract exponents? Answer: When we divide. So if we "undo" a division involving
The denominator simplifies:
The exponent is finally what we want it to be. But we want something times
divided by something. Since division by 3 is the same as multiplying by the reciprocal of 3 this is an easy checge:
We finally have the desired form with the "a" being 1/3 and the "b" being 3.
P.S. In response to the question in your "Thank you"...
The problem asked for an equation of the form:
With the steps I've shown above we've transformed
which is the desired form. So I don't understand your question: "Does x stay the exponent?" First of all, the desired form wants the exponent to be x so we don't want the exponent to stop being x. Second, I'm not sure where the "x" can go. (Remember, the order of operations (aka PEMDAS) requires that we raise 3 to the x power before we multiply by 1/3. So the 1/3 and the 3 do not cancel.)