Simplify a Fraction Raised to a Negative Power

Flip the fraction and continue. Given a fraction raised to a negative power, the narrator shows pupils two methods of simplifying the expression. Using different properties of negative exponents, the he demonstrates that either method arrives at the same solution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class develop more examples that use the same properties
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should be familiar with properties of exponents for whole numbers
  • Assumes individuals are comfortable with finding reciprocals

  • Includes a list of the exponent rules
  • Uses colors to show using the negative exponent property

  • None