Negative Exponents

Viewers examine power expressions with negative exponents through a video that shows four examples of simplifying a negative exponent to create an expression with only positive exponents. Examples include both integers and variables.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have your classes record exponent rules in a foldable or graphic organizer to use as reference
  • Create problems that incorporate negative exponents with other exponent rules 
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects learners to understand the definition of an exponent
Pros

  • Explains the difference between a power expression with a negative sign inside the parentheses and one outside the parentheses
Cons

  • Does not give an explanation for rule for negative exponents
Common Core