Hello. I hope I am posting in the correct forum. I am a middle aged Mom who has decided to go back to school and all was good until I met, "ALGEBRA"! For the most part, I am catching on but have run into a problem with a recent assignment. I got a 35% on and to say I was not happy is an understatement; I was sure I understood the material. Anyway, below are two problems that I'm having a real hard time with. This first one is, for a lack of better words, driving me crazy! I keep getting the same answer. I tried to add a picture of the problem but it won't let me. It is a fraction a to the 2nd. b to the 2nd. ------------------------- a to the 6th. I keep getting "a" to the 2nd "b" to the 2nd. What am I doing wrong? The next is more complex and honestly, I am clueless. My 20 year old niece, who is attending college couldn't even help me. It is also in fraction form..... y with a -3 exp. over "m" then inside of brackets to the right is "m" with an exp. of 4 over "y" with exp. of 2 (then a + sign) "y" with an exp. 3 over "m" with an exp. of -3 It is really hard to type out so hopefully you will understand. I'm not looking for just the answer, I need to understand how to solve them so that I can finish the remaining problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated.