How do you write #z^-5*z^-1# using only positive exponents?

1 Answer
Sep 30, 2016

Answer:

#1/z^6#

Explanation:

Recall: #x^-m = 1/x^m#

There are two approaches - either:

add the indices first with one base and then attend to the negative index:

#z^-5 xx z^-1 = z^-6 = 1/z^6#

OR

Attend to the negative indices first, then add the indices.

#z^-5 xx z^-1 = 1/z^5 xx 1/z = 1/z^6#

The answer is the same.