Ch 7: ELM Test - Algebra: Exponents

About This Chapter

Review algebraic exponents in preparation for the ELM, CSU's math placement exam. Video lessons and quizzes cover the five main exponent properties, negative exponents and rational exponents.

ELM Algebra: Exponents - Chapter Summary

Prepare for the ELM Math with these online video lessons. After watching, you can test your knowledge with online interactive quizzes. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?
  • How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent
  • How to Simplify Expressions with Exponents
  • Rational Exponents
  • Simplifying Expressions with Rational Exponents

These lessons explain the concepts and have opportunities to practice what you've learned before moving on to the next chapter.

ELM Objectives

The ELM is a math proficiency exam required for all incoming students to schools in the California State University system. You can learn more about the topics on the ELM here.

The lessons in this chapter covers part of the Algebra portion of the ELM exam. Algebra constitutes about 35% of the entire exam. The lessons in this course are most closely tied to the 'use properties of exponents' objective. Other algebraic objectives covered in this course include:

  • Evaluate and interpret algebraic expressions
  • Simplify algebraic expressions
  • Express relationships among quantities using variables
  • Solve problems in context that are modeled by linear equations
  • Solve quadratic and rational equations (with both numerical and literal coefficients; real solutions only)
  • Solve problems in context that are modeled by quadratic equations
  • Solve equations and inequalities involving absolute value (in one variable)
  • Find and use slopes and intercepts of lines

Mastering the concepts covered in this chapter will provide you with a solid foundation for the ELM Math.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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