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I solved the answer with Silver's explanation. I'm just curious to understand your reasoning. I see that 16 * 6 is 96 so 96^2 would be 16 * 6 * 16 * 6. Then you can cancel out 2^4 and one of the 16s. You are left with (8^2)(3^3)/(16*6*6). Then you can make it (4 * 27) / 36. Then (4 * 3) / 4 = 3.

I solved the answer with Silver's explanation. I'm just curious to understand your reasoning. I see that 16 * 6 is 96 so 96^2 would be 16 * 6 * 16 * 6. Then you can cancel out 2^4 and one of the 16s. You are left with (8^2)(3^3)/(16*6*6). Then you can make it (4 * 27) / 36. Then (4 * 3) / 4 = 3.

you can actually solve this with many ways, generally I try to cancel the big numbers, so that the calculation becomes easier later on .. and it also decreases the number steps involved for me ... Anyway, one should follow the method with which they are comfortable with ..!

I solved the answer with Silver's explanation. I'm just curious to understand your reasoning. I see that 16 * 6 is 96 so 96^2 would be 16 * 6 * 16 * 6. Then you can cancel out 2^4 and one of the 16s. You are left with (8^2)(3^3)/(16*6*6). Then you can make it (4 * 27) / 36. Then (4 * 3) / 4 = 3.

Choose the method that suits u the best and will give u the most confident(hopefully the right) answer in the shortest period of time _________________