Melissa F.

asked • 06/22/16

how does one solve: 2+(3+5y^4)^6

the order of operations says to solve what is within the parenthesis first but the rules of exponents says we would handle the outside exponent (6) first. 

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David W. answered • 06/22/16

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Kenneth S.

To simplify an expression containing a BINOMIAL raised to the 6th power, one would normally apply the Binomial Theorem, which is taught in the second year of Algebra courses. Otherwise, repeated multiplications to achieve the equivalent result are quite tedious (and somewhat error-prone). So I am wondering, Melissa, what course you are in.
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