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Exponent Rules

Activity Overview

Students independently discover rules for working with exponents, such as the Power of a Power rule. Students also investigate the value of a power whose exponent is zero or negative.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students explore the rules of exponents. They use the program EXPRULES to assist them in testing conjectures for these rules.

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    Students first investigate Product of Powers with like bases. The program displays the expression that they will be calculating to explore Rule 1, 2x2y.

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    At the end of this activity, students will be able to apply the Rules of Exponents. They will evaluate simple numerical expressions raised to integral exponents including zero.