How does 2^5/2 become 2^2 multiplied by 2^1/2? (The '^' means 'to the power of' so 2 to the power of 5/2. I am not sure how to write this as an exponent as this is my first post.) 2^5/2 = 2^2 × 2^1/2 So 2^2 = 4 and 2^1/2 means Square Root so there is a radical sign, so it becomes √2. I tried to reverse engineer the solution but I'm still not sure how 2^5/2 makes it. I know you first Square root it so √2 then you put to the power of 5 so √2^5. This goes into decimals so I am confused on what to do next. I looked at the solution and I can see that both of them make 2^5/2 I just don't know how it was factorized into those specific numbers, because 4 x √2 = 4√2 and somehow that is √2^5? I know 2^5 also makes 32. So I think I might of done something wrong or I don't know the correct method, can someone please attempt to help me and thank you for your time!