


Polynomial Exponents LessonsThe previous lesson explained how to simplify exponents of a single term inside parentheses, like the problem below. (x^{3}y^{4})^{5} This lesson covers how to simplify exponents on parentheses that contain a polynomial (more than one term), like the problem below. (x^{3} + y^{4})^{2} Because the two terms inside parentheses are not being multiplied or divided, the exponent outside the parentheses can not just be "distributed in". Instead, a 1 must be multiplied by the entire polynomial the number of times indicated by the exponent. In this problem the exponent is 2, so it is multiplied two times: 1(x^{3} + y^{4})(x^{3} + y^{4}) Use the FOIL Method to simplify the multiplication above, then combine like terms. x^{6} + x^{3}y^{4} + x^{3}y^{4} + y^{8} Proceed to the next page to view an example with multiplication inside the parentheses. 

