**Q: Simplify (2xy²)³.**

A: The “3” as an exponent is often reffered to as a “cube”. When something is “cubed” that means to multiply it by itself 3 times. Therefore:

(2xy²)³ = (2xy²)*(2xy²)*(2xy²)

Now, we can collect the like terms:

(2xy²)*(2xy²)*(2xy²) = 2 * 2 * 2 * x * x * x * y² * y² * y² = 8x³y^6

**Another way to think of it**

In the original problem, (2xy²)³, the “cube” can distribute in to each factor:

(2xy²)³ = (2)³(x)³(y²)³ = 2³x³y^6 = 8x³y^6

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