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# Suppose y=2^x^2+2^x+3. Which of these x-values gives the s

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Suppose $$y=2^{x^2}+2^{x+3}$$. Which of these $$x$$-values gives the smallest value of $$y$$?

A. -3
B. -2
C. -1
D. 1
E. 2

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Could someone explain me why 2^(-3)^2 does not equal 2^(-6)?
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04 Apr 2018, 05:35
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Could someone explain me why 2^(-3)^2 does not equal 2^(-6)?

$$a^m^n=a^{(m^n)}$$ and not $$(a^m)^n$$ (if exponentiation is indicated by stacked symbols, the rule is to work from the top down). Thus, $$2^{(-3)^2}=2^{((-3)^2)}=2^9$$ and not $$(2^{(-3)})^2=2^{-6}$$

On the other hand, $$(a^m)^n=a^{mn}$$.

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