Negative Exponents part 2

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Lesson Summary:

In Negative Exponents Part 2, the lesson focuses on simplifying expressions with negative exponents by using the quotient rule and understanding the meaning of negative exponents as fractions. The lesson provides multiple examples and offers alternative methods to solving the problems, emphasizing the importance of knowing the rules of exponents. Overall, the lesson aims to strengthen the viewer's understanding and confidence in working with negative exponents.

Lesson Description:

Part 2 of negative exponents and how to simplify expressions with negative exponents.

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Questions answered by this video:
  • What is the quotient rule for exponents?
  • How can you get rid of negative exponents?
  • Can you subtract the exponent in the denominator minus the exponent in the numerator and put the answer in the denominator?
  • How do you simplify (a/b)^-n?
  • What is an easy way of simplifying (3/4)^-2?
  • How can you simplify m/m^-3 using laws of exponents?
  • How can you add 2^-3 + 2^-2?
  • How can you simplify (x^2)^8x^-4/x^10?
  • How can you simplify 15x^-3m^3/10x^-8m?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson shows a different way of thinking about the quotient rule for exponents -- this time, we look at subtracting the bottom exponent minus the top exponent and putting the answer in the denominator. A couple of different methods of simplifying expressions are shown on many example problems. The examples done start to get more challenging as this lesson goes on.