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How do I multiply and divide monomials?

Also some are fractions and some have negative exponents.

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Multiply/divide the coefficients and the variable parts separately, and put the results together as a product.

example: 2x * 3x^2
Multiply the coefficients -- 2*3 = 6
Multiply the x's by adding the exponents on x -- x^1 * x^2 = x^3
Put these together for the answer -- 6x^3

example: 24x^6 / 12x^3
Divide the coefficients -- 24/12 = 2
Divide the x's by subtracting the exponents -- x^6 / x^3 = x^(6-3) = x^3
Put these together for the answer -- 2x^3

There might be more than one variable in the problem. In this case determine the exponent for each variable separately (in the multiplication or division), then put the coefficient and all variables together as a product for the answer.

you can also go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FWb7vdwLvw

I am in 7th grade and love algebra (i am so not a nerd though. captain of like 3 sports teams) and hope i helped!

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Omg THANK U!!!!!
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I don't know what a monomial is... I never can remember the big math words, but if you tell me what you mean by that I can probably tell you how to do what you're asking.

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Idk what it is either
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Well that's fairly easy, but you really need to look in a math book with examples for it to make sense.

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It still doesnt
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in multiplying monomials you only multiply the coefficient and for the variables you ad the exponents but they have to be the same variable
ex: 5x(6x) 30 x squared (sorry cant but exponents on my phone) and when you have a negative exponent it turns into a fraction like 1/x squared

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