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Topic:  exponents 
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Subject:  RE: exponents 
Author:  Mathman 
Date:  Oct 18 2004 
> with negative exponents are the reciprocals of the ones with
> positive exponents is really just a convenient definition rather
> than something that *must* be true.
Is it not simply a result of the same empirical rule a^5/a^3 = a^(53), and
so it follows for completion that a^3/a^5 = a^(35), and likewise a^n/a^n =
a^0 ?
David.
 
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