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What is the value of a^(-2)*b^(-3)?

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It would make it much clearer if you edited the original question to indicate for statement two "a * b^(-1)". I got confused and thought the whole term ab was taken to the negative first power.

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It would make it much clearer if you edited the original question to indicate for statement two "a * b^(-1)". I got confused and thought the whole term ab was taken to the negative first power.


In this case it would be (ab)^(-1), not ab^(-1). Still edited.
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Bunuel - thanks for the crystal clear explanation!

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From statement 1, I assumed that a=1 and b =6 which makes ab=36 and said that the statement is sufficient. Such assumption is wrong because the statement clearly says that the power of a has to be 2 and the power of b has to be 3 . Am I correct??

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