How do you simplify (-9a^5b^8)/(3a^2b^4)?

Oct 26, 2016

$- 3 {a}^{3} {b}^{4}$

Explanation:

To simplify first separate like variables:

$\frac{- 9 {a}^{5} {b}^{8}}{3 {a}^{2} {b}^{4}}$ becomes

$\left(- \frac{9}{3}\right) \left({a}^{5} / {a}^{2}\right) \left({b}^{8} / {b}^{4}\right)$ which becomes

$- 3 {a}^{3} {b}^{4}$