How to calculate exponent (2^2x)(4^x)(8^-x)?

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ken5000 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We need to convert each term to the same base, in this case, 2.

The first term already has a base of 2.  The second term has a base of 4, which is 2^2, and the third term has a base of 8, which is the same as 2^3.  So we have:


= [2^(2x)][(2^2)^x][(2^3)^(-x)]

When you have powers of powers, you multiply the exponents, so we can rewrite it as:

= [2^2x][2^2x][(2^(-3x)]

And since we now have the same base, we can add the exponents.

= 2^(2x+2x-3x)

= 2^x

The exponent on the final answer is x.

samhouston eNotes educator| Certified Educator


To multiply powers, the powers must have common bases.  In this example, the common base is 2.

4 = 2^2     Therefore...     4^x = 2^2x

8 = 2^3     Therefore...     8^-x = 2^-3x

With common bases, the problem becomes...


According to laws of exponents, when you multiply powers, the exponents are added.  Therefore...


2^(2x + 2x + -3x)

2^1x or 2^x

Simplified answer:  2^x

The exponent of the simplified answer is x.

justaguide eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We have to find the exponent of (2^2x)(4^x)(8^-x)


=> 2^2x * 2^2x * 2^-3x

As the base is the same, we can add the exponents

=> 2^(2x + 2x - 3x)

=> 2^x

The exponent is x.


giorgiana1976 | Student

First, we'll create matching bases to all factors.

4^x = (2^2)^x = 2^2x

8^(-x) = 2^(-3x)

Now, we'll perform the multiplication:


Since the bases are matching, we can add the superscripts:

(2^2x)*(2^2x)*(2^-3x) = 2^(2x + 2x - 3x) = 2^x

The requested exponent of 2^x is x.

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