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# HELP!!! Simplify. Assume that the variable repesents a nonzero real number.?

-40x^5 / 8x^9

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- Randy PLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
You know what 40 divided by 8 is, right? So that takes care of the numbers.

As for the x's, use the rules of exponents. x^a/x^b = x^(a - b).

Or just write x^9 as x^(5 + 4) = x^5 * x^4 and see if that gives you an idea.

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