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How would I simplify the expression 3 over "a" to the -4 power? It looks kind of looks like this: 3/a -3    (-3 is the exponet)

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When you have the situation of 3/a all raised to the negative 4, you need to apply the –4 exponent to both the 3 and the “a”.

Applying the exponent will make both the numerator and denominator raised by -4.

After applying the negative exponent you need to remember that the mathematical rule is that you may NOT have a negative exponent.

So you simply get rid of the...

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