How Do You Solve a Problem When You Have Different Bases With the Same Exponents?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 7:53:15 AM ET

When multiplying or dividing different bases with the same exponent, combine the bases, and keep the exponent the same. For example, X raised to the third power times Y raised to the third power becomes the product of X times Y raised to the third power. When adding or subtracting different bases with the same power, evaluate the exponents first, and then perform the summation.

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