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Radicals and Rational Exponents

While the radical symbol is widely used, converting to rational exponents has advantages. Explain an advantage of rational exponents over the radical sign. Include in your answer an example of an equation easier to solve as a rational exponent rather then a radical sign.


For unit 3 discussion board (A):

1) Type a problem that is originally given with radical symbols*, show how you convert it instead to rational exponents. Then solve the problem showing all work. Do NOT use a problem from the individual project. (please cite where you obtained the problem)!!
2) Explain why you think it is easier to solve your given problem with rational exponents over radical symbols.

*Please use proper notation by using Equation Editor if possible (directions given to you as a website link). If you cannot you should type for example as (cube root(8^2)) and you should type as 10^(2/3) so I can read your post properly. If your notation is incorrect and I cannot figure out what you are typing, you will lose points. If you use MS Equation Editor, you will need to upload your file because the symbols will not paste. I highly recommend the equation editor, it makes the reading and grading of the assignment much easier!

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