Dividing Powers and Monomials
There are 3 procedures that must be followed in order to divide powers and
monomials. Providing that the powers having the same base They are:
1) Numerator is larger than the exponent of the denominator
2) Exponents are equal
3) Exponent of the denominator is larger
Rule 1) If the exponent of the numerator is larger than the exponent of the
numerator. The following procedure is applied:
a) Arrange them like a fraction
b) The base remains the same
c) Subtract the smaller exponent from the larger.
If the exponents are equal, we then follow the same previous procedure, as
a) Arrange them like fraction
b) Base remains the same, or divide by itself
c) As a result the quotient is equal to one.
What if the exponent of the denominator is larger than the numerator. In this case,
we have the following.
1) Make the numerator of the quotient equal to 1
2) The base remains the same.
3) Subtract the smaller exponent from the larger.
As a result, we now have.