# How do you simplify 2a^(1/5)-6a^(1/5)?

Aug 1, 2016

$- 4 {a}^{\frac{1}{5}} = - 4 \sqrt[5]{a}$

#### Explanation:

The first thing to take note of here is that we have like terms just as 2x - 6x are like terms.

$2 {a}^{\frac{1}{5}} - 6 {a}^{\frac{1}{5}} = - 4 {a}^{\frac{1}{5}}$

This cannot be simplified further apart from perhaps writing it as:

$- 4 {a}^{\frac{1}{5}} = - 4 \sqrt[5]{a}$