# Exponents and Multiplication – Product of Powers Property04:47 minutes

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## TranscriptExponents and Multiplication – Product of Powers Property

While Ethan chills on the couch, he chats with a friend. Oh no! Let’s take a look at the assignment and see what Ethan needs to do… He needs to write an essay for his English class. Ethan's English teacher, who's also a math enthusiast, gave the students 10² days to write 10³ words EACH DAY about courage. Ethan doesn't think it's so bad. Is he right?

### Exponents and multiplication

Using exponents and multiplication, let’s help Ethan figure out how many words he needs to write per day. To make your life easier when multiplying exponents, you can use the Product of Powers rule. When you have a number raised to a power, as in aⁿ, multiplied by another number with the same base, aᵐ, you can write it in long form as 'a' multiplied 'n' times multiplied by 'a' multiplied 'm' times. All together, we can write this product as 'a' multiplied 'n' plus 'm' times.

Or simply, aⁿ⁺ᵐ. To multiply exponents with the same base, add the exponents, then simplify. So… to calculate the number of words Ethan needs to write in two days, multiply the number of days the teacher assigned to write the essay times the number of words Ethan has to write. (10²)(10³) If you want, you can write out all the tens in long form as we showed you before.

### The product of Powers rule

As you can see the 10 is multiplied 2 + 3 times, or simplified 5 times. We can write this as 10⁵.... or you can use the Product of Powers rule and just add the exponents since the base is the same for the numbers we want to multiply. Either way, the answer is 10⁵...or 100,000 words.That’s words, not characters.

Uh oh, that’s way more than Ethan expected. When he got the assignment, the word count seemed small. Feeling a bit dejected, he starts to write. After several hours, he realizes that he can write 1,024 or 2¹⁰ words per hour, and so far, he's written about 25,000 words. He still has 2⁴, or 16, hours to go. Will he get to 100,000 words in time? To solve this, calculate (2⁴)(2¹⁰). You can list the 2s in long form and then multiply, if it helps.

### Same bases

As you can see, the 2 is multiplied 10 + 4, or simply, 14 times. You can write this as 2¹⁴...or since the bases are the same, you can use the Product of Powers rule again. (2¹⁰)(2⁴) = 2¹⁴...and that's equal to 16,384 words. We can also write this as 1.6384E4. E4? You might be wondering, what the heck is E4? It's shorthand for 10⁴. Now Ethan understands how to use the Product of Powers rule, but that doesn’t solve his problem...

### Solve the problem

With the time he has left to write, he will have about 40,000 words altogether. Oh no! He'll be short 60,000 words, but Ethan has an idea – it’s a power move for sure…Will it work? Probably it won’t, but who knows? Maybe..., just maybe...

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## Exponents and Multiplication – Product of Powers Property Exercise

### Would you like to practice what you’ve just learned? Practice problems for this video Exponents and Multiplication – Product of Powers Property help you practice and recap your knowledge.

• #### Find out the number of words Ethan has to write by using the Product of Powers Rule.

##### Hints

A power can also be represented with multiplication.

For example, ${\large 2^4=2\times 2\times 2\times 2}$. So the base, ${\large 2}$, is written out as four factors that are multiplied.

${\large \begin{array}{rcl} a^n\times a^m&=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n\text{ times}}\times\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{m\text{ times}}\\ &=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n+m\text{ times}}\\ &=&a^{n+m} \end{array}}$

If you have $10$ to any positive power, write it as $1$ with as many zeros following as the exponent shows.

##### Solution

When Ethan got the message from his teacher, he thought that $10^3$ words per day for $10^2$ days would be completely doable. Poor Ethan.

We have to multiply $10^3$ by $10^2$ to determine the total number of words.

• $10^3$ stands for $10\times 10\times 10$.
• $10^2$ stands for $10\times 10$.
• $10^3\times 10^2=10\times 10\times 10\times 10\times 10$.
To simplify this procedure, we use the Products of Powers Rule: If you have to multiply powers with the same base, just add the exponents.

This gives us $10^3\times 10^2=10^{3+2}=10^5=100,000$.

Ethan has to write $100,000$ words...like we said...poor Ethan.

• #### Determine how many words Ethan will be able to write in the next $16$ hours.

##### Hints

${\Large \begin{array}{rcl} a^n\times a^m&=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n\text{ times}}\times\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{m\text{ times}}\\ &=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n+m\text{ times}}\\ &=&a^{n+m} \end{array}}$

##### Solution

All we have to do here to multiply the two numbers, $2^{10}$ and $2^4$, is add the exponents:

$2^{10}\times 2^4=2^{14}$

$2^{14}$, or multiplying $2$ by itself fourteen times, is equal to $16,384$ words. This is the total number of words Ethan can write in $16$ hours.

• #### Using the Product of Powers Property, identify the base-exponent pair(s) that are factors of the displayed base-exponent.

##### Hints

$a=a^1$ for any base $a$.

To use the Product of Powers Rule, the bases must be the same, but the exponents can differ.

##### Solution

We can only use the Product of Powers Property for exponents with the same base.

$\begin{array}{rcl} a^n\times a^m&=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n\text{ times}}\times\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{m\text{ times}}\\ &=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n+m\text{ times}}\\ &=&a^{n+m} \end{array}$

It doesn't matter if the exponents differ.

So we can simplify as follows:

• ${\large x^2\times x^3=x^{2+3}=x^5}$
• ${\large x\times x^3=x^{1+3}=x^4}$
• ${\large x^5\times x^3=x^{5+3}=x^8}$
• ${\large 2^2\times 2^{16}=2^{2+16}=2^{18}}$
• ${\large 2^3\times 2^{16}=2^{3+16}=2^{19}}$
• ${\large 2^7\times 2^{16}=2^{7+16}=2^{23}}$
• ${\large 2\times 2^{16}=2^{1+16}=2^{17}}$
• ${\large 3^2\times 3^2=3^{2+2}=3^4}$
• ${\large 3^3\times 3^2=3^{3+2}=3^5}$
• ${\large 3^5\times 3^2=3^{5+2}=3^7}$

• #### Find out how many animals Ethan has seen by using the Product of Powers Property.

##### Hints

${\large 2=2^1}$

How do you multiply two powers with the same base?

##### Solution

Here we have always the same base, $2$.

We can apply the Product of Powers Property by adding the exponents of numbers with the same base to figure out the number of animals Ethan has seen sitting by the lake.

Ducks

$\large {2^2\times 2^2=2^{2+2}=2^4=16}$

Ethan has seen $16$ ducks.

Frogs

$\large {2\times 2^4=2^1\times 2^4=2^{1+4}=2^5=32}$

Ethan has also seen $32$ frogs.

Fish

$\large {2^2\times 2^5=2^{2+5}=2^7=128}$

There are $128$ fish in the lake.

Swans

$\large {2^2\times 2=2^2\times 2^1=2^{2+1}=2^3=8}$

$8$ swans passed by Ethan while he was relaxing.

• #### Describe how to multiply powers with the same base according to the Power of Products Property.

##### Hints

You can write each power as a product.

Here is an example for the rule.

##### Solution

We've illustrated the Product of Powers Property below. You can use this property when multiplying numbers with the same base raised to an exponent.

${\large \begin{array}{rcl} a^n\times a^m&=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n\text{ times}}\times\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{m\text{ times}}\\ &=&\underbrace{a\times\dots\times a}_{n+m\text{ times}}\\ &=&a^{n+m} \end{array}}$

We can only apply this rule if we have two powers with the same base, for example $\large {a}$.

You multiply two powers with the same base, $\large {a^n}$ and $\large {a^m}$, by adding the exponents $\large {a^{n+m}}$, while keeping the base the same.

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Let's check this with a few examples:

• $\large {2^2\times 2^3=(2\times 2)\times(2\times2\times2)=2^{2+3}=2^5}$
• $\large {4^3\times 4^1=(4\times 4\times 4)\times(4)=4^{3+1}=4^4}$
• $\large {5^2\times 5^4=(5\times 5)\times(5\times5\times5\times5)=5^{2+4}=5^6}$

• #### Simplify the given products of powers by using the Product of Powers Property.

##### Hints

If you have more than two factors, you can generalize the rule:

${\Large \begin{array}{rcl} 4^3\times 4^2\times 4^5&=&4^{3+2}\times 4^5\\ &=&4^5\times 4^5\\ &=&4^{5+5}\\ &=&4^{10}\\ &=&4^{3+2+5} \end{array}}$

${\Large a^n\times a^m=a^{n+m}}$.

${\Large a=a^1}$

##### Solution

Using the Product of Powers Rule, we can simplify the multiplication of powers with the same base.

If we have more than one factor, we can still apply the rule: $\large a^n\times a^m\times a^k=a^{n+m+k}$.

When applying the Product of Powers Property, we get:

• ${\large 3^5\times 3\times 3^2=3^{5+1+2}=3^8}$
• ${\large 2^{16}\times 2^4=2^{16+4}=2^{20}}$
• ${\large 10^3\times 10^2\times 10^4\times 10=10^{3+2+4+1}=10^{10}}$
• ${\large 5^5\times 5^5\times 5^5\times 5^5=5^{5+5+5+5}=5^{20}}$