Negative and fractional exponents

3 videos
1 skill
It's normally a bad idea to hang around with negative people or do negative things, but we think it's OK to associate with negative exponents. And fractional exponents are even more fun. This idea will open up entirely new vistas to your mathematical life.

Negative exponents

VIDEO 7:14 minutes
How does a negative exponent affect our answer? Before you assume that the answer must be negative, think again!

Negative exponent intuition

VIDEO 4:38 minutes
Intuition on why a^-b = 1/(a^b) (and why a^0 =1)

Zero, negative, and fractional exponents

VIDEO 14:04 minutes
Zero, Negative, and Fractional Exponents

Positive and negative exponents

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Practice computing numbers raised to positive and negative integer exponents. Bases may be fractions.