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## Dividing Exponents

#### Introduction

Dividing exponents is quite straightforward. When the bases are the same, we simply subtract the denominator (bottom) exponent from the numerator (top) exponent.

#### Terms

Exponent - The number of times to multiply the base.
Base - The number being multiplied.

## Lesson

To divide exponents with the same base, we subtract the bottom exponent from the top exponent. For example, if we are given , we subtract the exponents – 6-2=4 and we are left with .

We can also look at it like this:

## Examples

#### Dividing Exponents (Example #1)

Divide
When dividing exponents with like bases, you subtract the exponents

#### Dividing Exponents (Example #2)

Divide
When dividing exponents with like bases, you subtract the exponents

#### Dividing Exponents (Example #3)

Divide
When dividing exponents with like bases, you subtract the exponents