Anne L. answered • 11/01/17

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Is it

1

___

3x

^{2}or (1/3)x

^{2}?Both cases involve exponents, multiplication and division but will produce different results.

In the first case, the product is in the denominator so it's like adding parenthesis, 1 / (3x2). Here you will want to find out what 3x^2 is first by first squaring the value of x and then multiplying by 3 (exponents come before multiplication and division in PEMDAS). Then take that answer and do the division, 1 divided by that answer.

In the second case, you will want to find x

^{2}first then you are left with division and multiplication which go in order from left to right. First divide 1/3 then multiply that by the value of x^2Hope this helps :)