# How would I simplify this expression?

$\left(\dfrac{a^{2}b^{-{\color{red}3}}}{x^{-{\color{red}3}}y^{2}}\right)^{3}\left(\dfrac{x^{-2}b^{-1}}{a^{\frac{{\color{red}3}}{{\color{red}4}}}y^{\frac{1}{3}}}\right)$

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Simplify to what? You just want to combine all the powers of the same term? Then you will have $a^{6-\frac{3}{4}}b^{-10}x^{7}y^{-6-\frac{1}{3}}$ –  Dennis Gulko Sep 9 '12 at 16:15
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Right and eliminate the negative exponents. –  Brandt Sep 9 '12 at 16:18

Use the laws of exponents: You can bring the cube on the first fraction inside using $(c^d)^e=c^{de}$. Then pull all the terms in denominators upstairs using $\frac 1a=a^{-1}$. Then combine the powers of the same variable using $c^dc^e=c^{(d+e)}$
What you want is probably $$a^{5 \frac{1}{4}} b^{-10} x^{7} y^{-6 \frac{1}{3}}$$ You just have to add up the powers...