Dividing Terms with the Same Base
When one term is divided by another with the same base, we subtract exponents:
This is true for all kinds of exponents, positive and negative (and as we will see later, fractional).
Study some more worked examples:
Now practice with some of the following exercises:
What if we have terms that are both in a product and quotient with the same base? We had the exponents in the numerator and divide those in the denominator. Check out these examples:
Got that? Then test yourself with these harder exercises: