Negative Exponents

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What happens if the exponent is negative? The resource takes a look at a problem two different ways, with one resulting in a negative exponent. The approach provides an explanation of how to evaluate negative exponents. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • The video and the explanation part of the handout allows the resource to be used in a flipped classroom
  • Stress about the use of the term cancel and what it really means to keep the pupils from leaving the numerator blank
Classroom Considerations

  • May not take an entire class period
  • The third part of a seven-part exponents unit
Pros

  • The resource shows how negative exponents come about
  • The video provides examples similar to homework problems
Cons

  • Relies on direct instruction to impart informaton
Common Core