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Which one is more simple?

  1. Aug 25, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I was told to simplify and don't know which one is more "simple"

    x^b/x or x^(b-1)?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 25, 2010 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    IMO, xb - 1 is the simpler of the two expressions. In the other expression, there is an obvious division that could be performed.
  4. Aug 25, 2010 #3
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