How do you simplify #(x^(3/2))/(3/2)#?

1 Answer
Feb 16, 2016

Answer:

#x^(3/2)/(3/2)=(2x^(3/2))/3=(2sqrt(x^3))/3=(2xsqrtx)/3#

Explanation:

The most important thing to know here is that dividing by a fraction is equivalent to multiplying by the fraction's reciprocal.

The expression we have here can be written as:

#=x^(3/2)-:3/2#

Instead of dividing by the fraction #"3/2"#, we can instead multiply by its reciprocal, #"2/3"#.

#=x^(3/2)xx2/3#

This can be written as

#=(2x^(3/2))/3#

This is a fine simplification. However, if you want to simplify the fractional exponent, we can use the rule which states that

#x^(a/b)=rootb(x^a)#

Thus, the expression equals

#=(2root2(x^3))/3=(2sqrt(x^3))/3#

We could simplify #sqrt(x^3)# by saying that #sqrt(x^3)=sqrt(x^2)sqrtx=xsqrtx#.

#=(2xsqrtx)/3#

This really becomes a matter of opinion as to where you wish to stop simplifying.