# 2009 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 6

The following problem is from both the 2009 AMC 12A #6 and 2009 AMC 10A #13, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

Suppose that $P = 2^m$ and $Q = 3^n$. Which of the following is equal to $12^{mn}$ for every pair of integers $(m,n)$? $\textbf{(A)}\ P^2Q \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ P^nQ^m \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ P^nQ^{2m} \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ P^{2m}Q^n \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ P^{2n}Q^m$

## Solution

We have $12^{mn} = (2\cdot 2\cdot 3)^{mn} = 2^{2mn} \cdot 3^{mn} = (2^m)^{2n} \cdot (3^n)^m = \boxed{\bold{E)} P^{2n} Q^m}$.

~savannahsolver

## See Also

 2009 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 5 Followed byProblem 7 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
 2009 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 12 Followed byProblem 14 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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