Ch 15: Praxis Middle School Math: Scientific Notation & Exponents

About This Chapter

Extremely large and small numbers need their own method of representation. In this chapter of the Praxis Middle School Math course, you will have a chance to review scientific notation and exponents before taking the exam.

Praxis Middle School Math: Scientific Notation & Exponents - Chapter Summary

Scientific notation and exponents are helpful when numerical values become too large or small to display in their traditional format. This assortment of video lessons grants you the opportunity to study these ways of representing numbers in preparation for questions on the Praxis Middle School Math exam. Topics include the following:

  • Examples of scientific notation
  • Rules and properties of exponents
  • Solving exponential expressions
  • Using exponential notation
  • Defining zero and negative exponents
  • Changing negative exponents into fractions
  • Order of operations
  • The power of zero
  • Fractional powers and rational exponents

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Praxis Middle School Math: Scientific Notation & Exponents Chapter Objectives

Different states have varying certification requirements, and in many cases passing the Praxis Middle School Math exam is required to teach middle school math. Questions on scientific notation and exponents are be found in the Arithmetic and Algebra section of the test, which makes up about sixty-two percent of the exam. Questions will be multiple-choice and numeric entry.

15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Praxis Middle School Math: Scientific Notation & Exponents
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Scientific Notation: Definition and Examples

1. 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.

What Are Exponents? - Definition, Properties & Rules

2. What Are Exponents? - Definition, Properties & Rules

Exponents are the mathematical shorthand that tells us to multiply the same number by itself for a specified number of times. This lesson will not only explain how the exponent works but also discuss the seven distinct properties, or rules, that govern its use.

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.

How to Use Exponential Notation

4. 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.

What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

5. 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!

How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

6. 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!

Simplifying Expressions with Rational Exponents

7. 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!

Changing Negative Exponents to Fractions

8. Changing Negative Exponents to Fractions

A negative exponent isn't like a normal exponent. In this lesson, we'll learn about negative exponents and how they lead us to fractions. We'll practice with numbers and variables.

Exponential Expressions & The Order of Operations

9. 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.

The Power of Zero: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

10. 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 Exponent: Definition & Rules

11. Negative Exponent: Definition & Rules

Negative exponents have caused problems for math students as long as they have been defined. This lesson will shed some light on the negative exponent: what it means and how to work with it in a math problem.

Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

12. 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.

Working With Fractional Powers

13. Working With Fractional Powers

If you know what to do with 3 to the second power, then you understand exponents. But what if the exponent is a fraction? Find out what to do with fractional powers in this lesson.

Rational Exponents

14. 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.

Scientific Notation: Practice Problems

15. 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.

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