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The quotient rule allows you to simply expressions that have like bases by subtracting the exponents. For example, to simplify a^5/a^2, subtract 5-2 to get a^3. This only worked if the bases are the same. Another example a^3b^5/a^2b^3 is simplified to ab^2, 3-2=1 and 5-3=2.