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 superscript like this; 3^{4}. 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; 1/2^{5} = 1/32. See this? It is that simple. now what if you have; 1 / 3^{(2)}. You reciprocate it; 3^{2} / 1 = 9 It is THAT simple!

Basic Lesson
Guides students solving equations that involve an Hard Exponents. Demonstrates answer checking.
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Independent Practice 1
A really great activity for allowing students to understand the concept of Evaluating Exponents.
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Independent Practice 2
Students work on evaluating exponents in assorted problems. The answers can be found below.
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Homework Worksheet
Students are provided with problems to achieve the concepts of evaluating exponents.
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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.