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Introduction to Exponents

# Understanding Exponents

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As we begin our study of monomials, you will need to learn and understand the use of **exponents**. So, let's begin by defining the term exponent.

An **exponent** is a number (small and raised) that represents the "shortcut method" to showing how many times a number is multiplied by itself.

That sounds complicated, so let's look at a few examples:

Your base can even be a negative number! Take a look!

Whenever you have a **negative base** and the **exponent** is **even**, your answer will always be **positive**!

Whenever you have a **negative base** and the **exponent** is **odd**, your answer will always be **negative**!

Now is the tricky problem! What happens when you have a negative base, but it's not in parenthesis?

Now, I have just one more tip for you when working with exponents!

When you have a 0 as an exponent, your answer will **always** be 1. The only exception is 0^{0} is undefined.

4^{0} = 1 or 8^{0} = 1

1. 7^{2} =

2. (-8)^{2} =

3. (-9)^{3} =

4. (-3)^{4} =

5. -2^{4} =

6. -4^{3} =

This was just a quick review of the meaning of exponents before we get into the laws of exponents and monomials! I hope this gives you better foundation for beginning this unit! Good luck!

Coming up next, the laws of exponents!

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