# Simplify the expression and eliminate any negative exponents

Simplify the expression and eliminate any negative exponent(s). Assume that all letters denote positive numbers.

$$\sqrt{\frac{162x^3y^5}{2x^7y}}$$

I attempted it many times and got multiple answers which were all wrong... I'll post the one that I think is closest:

MY WORK:

\begin{align*} \sqrt{\frac{162x^3y^5}{2x^7y}} & = \sqrt{\frac{81 \cdot 2 \cdot x^3 \cdot y^4 \cdot y}{2 \cdot x^4 \cdot x^3 \cdot y}}\\ & = 3xy \sqrt{\frac{\require{cancel}\cancel{2} \cdot \cancel{x^3} \cdot \cancel{y}}{\cancel{2} \cdot \cancel{x^3} \cancel{y}}}\\ & = 3xy \end{align*}

Please help, the homework is due in under 48 hours and we get 5 tries to submit each answer. I already got this wrong 4 times so I have one final try before the question locks and marks it as wrong.

• Please see this tutorial on how to typeset mathematics on this site. You can see how I typeset your work by right clicking on a formula, then selecting Show Math As TeX Commands. – N. F. Taussig Jun 25 '15 at 8:35

Hint: we can simplify to $$\sqrt{\frac{81y^4}{x^4}}=\frac{3|y|}{|x|}$$