## Manipulation of Equations

JTijerina_4A
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### Manipulation of Equations

What is the difference between the equation: E=hcλ^-1 and E=h(c/λ). From what I remember about negative exponents these two equations should be the same, but my answer does not match the correct answer.

charleejohnson1L
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

E= h (c(lambda^-1) and E = (hc) / (lamda) are the same equation. :) A negative exponent, in the simplest terms, just means that it's supposed to be in a denominator. I hope this helps.

Nyari Muchaka_Discussion 4A
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

You should be getting the same answer. Make sure you move the negative exponent to the bottom before calculating because you technically cannot calculate a number to the negative power.

Vivianvelazquez_1J
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

From my understanding, The negative exponent would give you E=hc/λ, not E=h(c/λ). I may be wrong but that's what I understood from the negative exponent.

JinwooLee_1F
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

They are the same equation, I think when putting them in the calculator you should put parenthesis around the exponent and lambda, see if that makes a difference.

pmokh14B
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

the -1 exponent just means the lambda is in the denominator.

Gabriel Ordonez 2K
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### Re: Manipulation of Equations

The above question is not different; the notation is just slightly varied for convenience. The power to the -1 allows chemists to keep equation answers on one line and make the visuals much more simplistic. This notation means the same as dropping that specific number value or variable to the denominator for dividing purposes. I actually use the -1 power in my answers because it keeps my answers visually easier to read.