Rational Exponents

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It's rational to root for your class to learn about exponents. Scholars study rational exponents by reading a fictional dialogue between classmates. They analyze the conversation to understand the connection between rational exponents and roots.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the related mathematics tasks as part of a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • Teacher guide indicates it's best to use the resource after the class has already learned about negative exponents
  • Young mathematicians should have understanding of exponents as repeated multiplication
Pros

  • Provides an explanation of how mathematical practices apply to the resource
  • Includes student discussion questions
Cons

  • None
Common Core