Unit 1, Lesson 5# Negative Exponents and the Laws of Exponents

EngageNY 45 min(s)

Students know the definition of a number raised to a negative exponent. Students simplify and write equivalent expressions that contain negative exponents. We are now ready to extend the existing laws of exponents to include all integers. As with previous lessons, have students work through a concrete example, such as those in the first Discussion, before giving the mathematical rationale.