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Subject:   RE: exponents
Author: Mathman
Date: Oct 18 2004
Exactly! The "fact" that powers
> 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^(5-3), and
so it follows for completion that a^3/a^5 = a^(3-5), and likewise a^n/a^n =
a^0 ?

David.

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