Exponents with negative bases

4 videos
3 skills
Evaluate exponential expressions with negative bases, use odd and even rules to determine the sign of an exponential expression, and learn about powers of 1 and 0.

Raising a number to the 0 and 1st power

VIDEO 5:07 minutes
Discover a pattern that explains why any non-zero number to the zero power equals one.

Exponents with negative bases

VIDEO 4:30 minutes
Apply what we know about negative numbers to determine how negative bases with exponents are affected and what patterns develop. Also learn how order of operations affect the pattern.

Whole number exponents with integer bases

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Multiply negative numbers to evaluate exponential expressions with integer bases. Watch out for mischievous negative signs that aren't really part of the base!

Exponents with negative fractional bases

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Practice evaluating exponents like negative one fourth to the third power.

Powers of 1 and 0

VIDEO 6:08 minutes
Use odd and even rules to determine the sign of an exponential expression.

Signs of products and quotients

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Find the sign of challenging multiplication and division expressions.

Powers of zero

VIDEO 4:15 minutes
Any non-zero number to the zero power equals one. Zero to any positive exponent equals zero. So, what happens when you have zero to the zero power?