Evaluating Exponents Worksheets
How Do You Evaluate Negative and Zero Exponents? Exponents are the power that is assigned to a number or a value that is written in super-script like this; 34. Now there are different types of exponents that you will have to deal with, and these include positive, negative, and fractions. Many students freak out when they see a minus sign with an exponent. It might seem scary, but it really is not. Negative exponents are very simple to evaluate. When you see a negative exponent, you reciprocate the number. Don't understand it? Let's see an example here; Consider a number 2(-5). Okay, so we have -5 in the exponent, what do we do? You simply reciprocate it like this; 1/25 = 1/32. See this? It is that simple. now what if you have; 1 / 3(-2). You reciprocate it; 32 / 1 = 9 It is THAT simple!
Food For Thought...
Q: What is the difference between a Ph.D. in mathematics
and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.