Simplify an Expression with a Negative Exponent

Recognize the base. Part of a larger Algebra I series, the short video highlights the importance of recognizing the base to simplify expressions with exponents. In doing so, pupils notice the basic property that uses negative exponents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide several opportunities for the class to practice simplifying expressions
  • Lead a discussion on the differences in simplification if parentheses were added in different locations
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should understand the rule of exponents
  • Uses colors to highlight the aspects involving negative exponents
  • Includes a list of the exponent properties
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