and got x5. Lacey simplified x3 + x2 and got the same result! However, their teacher told them that only one simplification is correct. Who simplified correctly and how do you know?
Haley is correct. Haley used the product rule with exponents.
Since each factor has the same base, we simply add the exponents.
Haley simplifies 35 · 45 and gets the result 1210, but Lacey is not sure. Is Haley correct? Be sure to justify your answer.
If Haley is correct, then 21·31 = 62
Which would imply that 2·3 = 36!
Clearly this counterexample provides a hint of why Haley is wrong.