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5-9.

Benjamin is taking Algebra 1 and is stuck on the problem shown below. Examine his work so far and help him by showing and explaining the remaining steps. Homework Help ✎

Original problem: Simplify

He knows that

Use the Associative and Commutative Properties to rewrite the expression.

3 · 3 · 3 · *a ^{−2} · a^{−2}· a^{−2}· b · b · b*

Simplify.