Ch 5: Exponents & Exponential Expressions in Algebra Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Exponents and Exponential Expressions chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about scientific notation, the order of operations, the power of powers and more. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Exponents and Exponential Expressions chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday How to Use Exponential Notation;
Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples
The process of writing exponential notation;
Writing the two parts of a scientific notation
Tuesday Simplifying and Solving Exponential Expressions;
Exponential Expressions and the Order of Operations
Different kinds of exponential expressions, including exponents, positive and negative integers, fractions and variables;
The required steps of the order of operations
Wednesday Multiplying Exponential Expressions;
Dividing Exponential Expressions
The rules for multiplying exponents;
The process of dividing and simplifying expressions
Thursday The Power of Zero: Simplifying Exponential Expressions;
Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals
A look at what occurs when zero is used as an exponent;
The process of writing fractions as decimals
Friday Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions Examples of the process of raising a power to a power

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Exponents & Exponential Expressions in Algebra Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Use Exponential Notation

1. How to Use Exponential Notation

Exponential notation is a mathematical method for writing longer multiplication problems in a simplified manner. This lesson will define how to work with exponential notation and give some examples of how it is used.

Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples

2. Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples

Scientific notation is a special way of writing numbers so they are easier to work with. This lesson will define scientific notations and show some examples of how to convert numbers from standard notation to scientific notation and back.

Simplifying and Solving Exponential Expressions

3. Simplifying and Solving Exponential Expressions

What do we do with an exponent? In this lesson, we'll learn how to simplify and solve expressions containing exponents. We'll solve a variety of types of exponential expressions.

Exponential Expressions & The Order of Operations

4. Exponential Expressions & The Order of Operations

When performing mathematical operations, there is a specific order in which the operations should be performed. This includes when to simplify the exponents. This lesson will describe in what order exponents should be solved as you are performing mathematical operations.

Multiplying Exponential Expressions

5. Multiplying Exponential Expressions

There are certain rules that govern working with exponential expressions. This lesson deals with the rule for multiplying exponential expressions. It will describe the rule and give some examples of how it works.

Dividing Exponential Expressions

6. Dividing Exponential Expressions

Any time you work with expressions that contain exponents, you have to follow a specific set of rules that are not the same as when you are working with expressions that do not contain exponents. This lesson will describe the rules associated with dividing terms that contain exponents.

The Power of Zero: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

7. The Power of Zero: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

Raising a number to the power of zero is not the same as if the exponent is a number other than zero. This lesson will explain the rule involving using zero as an exponent and will give some examples of how it works.

Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

8. Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

Most numbers can be written in different ways, either as a fraction, decimal or exponent. This lesson will teach you how to write fractions and decimals using exponents and how to convert between the two.

Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

9. Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

Mathematics is a very logical science. There is a rule for everything and not many exceptions to those rules. Working with exponents is no different. This lesson will describe the rule for raising a power to a power and also will give some examples in how to solve them.

Scientific Notation: Practice Problems

10. Scientific Notation: Practice Problems

Scientific notation has a lot of exponents, but it's really not that bad - and it's really convenient for working with awkwardly big or small numbers! Get some practice here.

Chapter Practice Exam
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