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    Given that  \frac{4x^3 +x\frac{5}{2} } {\sqrt x} can be written in the form  4x^a + x^b , write down the value of a and the value of b.

    How is this done? I really seem to struggle solving these problems.
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    You can first split the fraction into \frac{4x^3}{\sqrt{x}}+\frac{x^{5/2}}{\sqrt{x}} and then use the laws of indices to proceed.

    Also remember that \sqrt{x}=x^{1/2}.
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    (Original post by Illidan2)
    Given that  \frac{4x^3 +x\frac{5}{2} } {\sqrt x} can be written in the form  4x^a + x^b , write down the value of a and the value of b.

    How is this done? I really seem to struggle solving these problems.
    Write root x as a power of x, split the fraction into two pieces, and apply the regular index laws.
 
 
 
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