Ch 5: Working with Exponents & Exponential Expressions

About This Chapter

Learn about exponents and exponential expressions with our video lessons. See why the order of operations is important and examine ways to simplify expressions with exponents.

Working with Exponents & Exponential Expressions - Chapter Summary

Our video lessons and quizzes will help you get a handle on exponents and exponential expressions. You'll hear about the properties of exponents, explore exponential notation, and learn what scientific notation is.

Our instructors will define exponential expressions and introduce rules for raising a power to a power and using the power of zero. Other lessons look at simplifying expressions with exponents, multiplying and dividing exponential expressions and working with rational exponents. After watching these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Name the five main exponent properties
  • Explain the order of operations
  • Define a zero and negative exponent
  • Simplify exponential expressions
  • Write powers of fractions and decimals

These lessons are led by expert instructors and include written transcripts that highlight key terms and phrases. At the end of each lesson are multiple-choice quizzes that let you assess your knowledge. A jump feature in each video's timeline makes it simple to find any topics you wish to review in the lessons. Still have questions? You can contact the instructor for additional help.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Working with Exponents & Exponential Expressions
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What Are the Five Main Exponent Properties?

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!

How to Use Exponential Notation

2. 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

3. 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.

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.

How to Define a Zero and Negative Exponent

5. 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!

The Power of Zero: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

6. 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.

How to Simplify Expressions with Exponents

7. 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!

Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

8. 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.

Rational Exponents

9. 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.

Simplifying Expressions with Rational Exponents

10. 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!

Simplifying and Solving Exponential Expressions

11. 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.

Multiplying Exponential Expressions

12. 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

13. 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.

Negative Exponents: Writing Powers of Fractions and Decimals

14. 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.

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