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The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

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Let's factor out $$3^{-5}$$

We get: $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6} = 3^{-5}(3^3 + 3^1 + 3^{-1})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(27 + 3 + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(30 + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(\frac{90}{3} + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(\frac{91}{3})$$

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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

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3^-2 = 1/3^2
Hence using this logic, rewriting the above equation, we get
1/3^2 + 1/3^4 + 1/3^6
= (3^4 + 3^2 + 1)/3^6
= 91/3^6
This is 91/3 times 1/3^5(Option A)

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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

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You can divide (3^-2 + 3^-4 + 3^-6) by 3^-5

We get: 3^-2+5 + 3^1 + 3^-1 = 27 + 3 + 1/3 = 30 + 1/3 = 91/3 Hence A
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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

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$$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$

= $$3^{-2} ( 1 + 3^{-2} + 3^{-4}$$ )

= $$\frac{1}{9} ( 1 + \frac{1}{9} + \frac{1}{81} )$$

= $$\frac{1}{9} ( \frac{81 + 9 + 1}{81} )$$

= $$\frac{91}{729}$$

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is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

So, $$\frac{91}{729}*\frac{243}{1}$$ = $$\frac{91}{3}$$

Hence, answer must be (A) $$\frac{91}{3}$$
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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
The value of $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$ is how many times the value of $$3^{-5}$$?

A. $$\frac{91}{3}$$

B. 27

C. $$\frac{31}{3}$$

D. 3

E. $$\frac{1}{3}$$

Source: GMAT Free

Let's factor out $$3^{-5}$$

We get: $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6} = 3^{-5}(3^3 + 3^1 + 3^{-1})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(27 + 3 + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(30 + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(\frac{90}{3} + \frac{1}{3})$$

$$= 3^{-5}(\frac{91}{3})$$

Cheers,
Brent

can you please explain how did we get positive exponents in 3^{-5}(3^3 + 3^1 + 3^{-1})[/m] ?
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can you please explain how did we get positive exponents in 3^{-5}(3^3 + 3^1 + 3^{-1})[/m] ?

When we multiply two powers with the same base, we ADD the exponents.
For example: (k^3)(k^5) = k^8
And (7^10)(7^2) = 7^12

The same applies with NEGATIVE exponents. For example:
[x^(-3)][x^7] = x^4

The same applies to the original question.

That is, if we take $$3^{-5}(3^3 + 3^1 + 3^{-1})$$ and we EXPAND it, we get $$3^{-2} + 3^{-4} + 3^{-6}$$

Does that help?

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Brent
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