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Positive, Zero and Negative Exponents

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Videos, worksheets, stories and songs to help Grade 6 students learn how to evaluate positive, zero and negative exponents.

For example,
32 = 9, 30 = 1, 3-1= 1/3

There is also an explanation why a-b = 1/ab and why a0 =1
If the exponent is 0 then the answer is always 1. 
For example, 80 = 1, 170 = 1
Some mathematicians define 00 = 1, whereas others leave it undefined

Positive and Negative Exponents
Positive exponents are easy, but what happens when you have zero for the exponent? Or even worse, a negative number?
This video will explain the pattern for zero and negative exponents.
Zero and negative exponent properties

Definitions, covers negative exponents and zero as an exponent
Negative Exponent Intuition
Intuition on why a-b = 1/ab (and why a0 = 1)


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