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Rational Exponents with Negative Coefficients - Problem 5

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Recall that the square root of negative one is defined as i, so if we're doing an even root of a negative value, we'll have no real solution, BUT if it's an odd root of a negative value, we'll have a negative answer. For fractional exponents, re-write the expression in radical form. Apply the root to each part of the term, as done in the examples here, to simplify.

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