# Ch 6: Exponents & Polynomials: College Algebra Lesson Plans

### About This Chapter

## Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Exponents and Polynomials 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 | What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?; How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent | Explanations and examples of the five exponent properties; Tips for understanding the negative exponent property |

Tuesday | How to Simplify Expressions with Exponents; Rational Exponents | Practice problems for simplifying exponents; The process of rewriting rational exponents |

Wednesday | Simplifying Expressions with Rational Exponents; How to Graph Cubics, Quartics, Quintics and Beyond | Review and examples of exponents; The differences between local maximum and local minimums |

Thursday | How to Add, Subtract and Multiply Polynomials; How to Divide Polynomials with Long Division | Tips for organizing similar terms; An explanation of this process |

Friday | How to Use Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials; Dividing Polynomials with Long and Synthetic Division: Practice Problems | Two methods of writing synthetic division; A look at examples of this process |

### 1. What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

We'll look at the five important exponent properties and an example of each. You can think of them as the order of operations for exponents. Learn how to handle math problems with exponents here!

### 2. How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

The zero and negative exponent properties are two you will use quite a lot in mathematics. The negative exponent property can be confusing, but when you remember a couple fun ideas, you will get it right every time!

### 3. How to Simplify Expressions with Exponents

In this video, we will put all of the exponent properties we have learned together. Don't let lots of numbers and letters confuse you! Simplifying exponents can be easy and fun!

### 4. Rational Exponents

In this video, learn how to go from a rational exponent to a radical expression and back. No tricks or magic, just good math! We'll review the basics and look at a few examples.

### 5. Simplifying Expressions with Rational Exponents

Simplifying expressions with rational exponents is so easy. In fact, you already know how to do it! We simply use the exponent properties but with fractions as the exponent!

### 6. How to Graph Cubics, Quartics, Quintics and Beyond

Finding the graph of a polynomial isn't too hard. If you can graph, you already know the major steps! With a couple rules and helpful memorizing tools, you will be graphing polynomials in no time!

### 7. How to Add, Subtract and Multiply Polynomials

Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials are, basically, the same as adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers. They only difference is that we have a pesky variable to worry about, but this video will show you that's no problem, so no worries! This method has worked for many of my students, and I think it will work for you, too!

### 8. How to Divide Polynomials with Long Division

Arithmetic long division and polynomial long division are very similar. Yes, it's a long process, but once you have the rhythm you will get every problem correct!

### 9. How to Use Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials

Synthetic division is a 'short-cut' way of dividing a polynomial by a monomial. You still need to know long division, sorry, but this method is way fun when you're dividing by a monomial!

### 10. Dividing Polynomials with Long and Synthetic Division: Practice Problems

Let's look at some more polynomial division problems. We will use long division and synthetic division, but this time we will have a couple of more involved problems. So, get out some paper and a pencil and let's begin!

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the College Algebra Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course

- Foundations & Linear Equations: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Matrices & Absolute Value: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Inequalities: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- FOIL, Parabolas & Quadratics: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Complex Numbers: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Functions: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Rational Expressions: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Exponentials & Logarithms: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Probability Mechanics: College Algebra Lesson Plans
- Sequences & Series: College Algebra Lesson Plans