Algebra II: Solving equations involving fractional exponents
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This mini-lesson explains how to solve equations equation involving fractional exponents. To simplify the equation with fractional exponents, you can use the rules of exponents. For example,solve the equation x1/3 - 2 = 25. In general, steps to solve equations with fractional exponents are:
first isolate the variable and exponents by adding 2 on both sides of the equation and that yields x(1/3) = 27.
rewrite the exponent. Through exponent rules, we know that a fractional exponent is the same thing as taking a root. So,the x(1/3) in our equation becomes the cubed root of x.
now get the x term out from under the radical. To do so, raise both sides of the equation to the third power. We now have 273 = x.
calculate the value of  273.You get x =  = 19683.(More text below video...)
<h2> Solving equations involving fractional exponents - Watch video (Algebra II)</h2> <p> video, AlgebraII, practice questions, quizzes, subject, math help, fractional exponents, solving fractional exponents, expression with exponents.</p> <p> when the equation has two terms of fractional exponent (one squared of the other), i.e. the equation is in the quadratic form, first factor the quadratic equation and solve for the resulting variable.</p>
Other useful lessons:
Getting Started - Identities and Properties
Evaluating numbers raised to fractional exponents
Simplifying expressions with exponents
(Continued from above) In cases, when the equation has two terms of fractional exponent (one squared of the other), i.e. the equation is in the quadratic form, first factor the quadratic equation and solve for the resulting variable.
For example, x2/3 - 5x1/3 + 6 = 0, simplifies to x = 27, 8.
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