The Zero Exponent

Why does an exponent of zero result in a value of one? Give your classes a concrete explanation for this property that many struggle to remember. A video lesson provides an explanation and provides examples of exponential expressions with an exponent of zero.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for practice
  • Create a graphic organizer to record all exponent properties with examples
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a basic understanding of positive and negative integer exponents
Pros
  • Addresses key misconceptions
  • Instructor explains the mathematics that supports the property
Cons
  • None