# How do you simplify 5^3/5^2?

Nov 11, 2015

When exponents are rising like terms you can add or subtract them. In this case, when you are dividing, you subtract the exponents.

Giving you ${5}^{1}$ and when anything is raised to the power of $1$ it is simply that number.

If they were being multiplied then you would add the exponents giving you ${5}^{5}$

It is important to know what operation to carry out when given an equation, and this is a good start.