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Powers and Exponents
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1. Explain the meaning of the

2/3

exponent in

and

determine the value. Create


examples of bases with positive
fraction exponents and explain
how to simplify.

2. Identify whether each


example below is always true
using the laws of exponents.
Explain why or why not, and if
it is not always true change the
statement to make a statement
that is always true.

3. Create a powerpoint or
foldable to describe and give
examples of the laws of
exponents. Make sure to
include negative exponents and
examples that include multiple
steps.

1) a 5 a 6 a11
2) m 3 n 5 mn 8
u

3)

u9
w9

4) b 2 b 8 b16
5) 3c 5 3c 5
4. Learn about exponential
growth and decay with the 10-6
Reading to Learn activity.
Complete the questions, then
write problems using two
additional real life situations
where you would see
exponential growth or decay.

5. Complete the Place Value


Charts for Numbers in Different
Bases worksheet to learn about
how to convert numbers
between different bases.
Choose any four digit number
in base 10 and rewrite it in a
base of your choice.
Challenge: Choose any five
digit number in base 10 and
rewrite it in a base of your
choice.

6. Research the historical


importance of different
numerical bases. Write a
summary that identifies and
describes the origins,
significance, and applications of
at least three base systems.
Determine if the bases that you
research have any connections
to the base 10 system that we
use today.

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Algebra 1
Extension Menu
Algebra 1/Powers and Exponents

Concept and/or Topic: Powers and Exponents


Intended Purpose: Culminating activity for the unit or alternative activity for students
who have mastered curricular indicators.
Standards:
ALG.05

Analyze a wide variety of patterns and functional relationships using the language of mathematics and
appropriate technology expressed numerically, algebraically, and geometrically.
Model and interpret real-world situations, using the language of mathematics and appropriate
technology.
Collect, organize, analyze, and present data.
Apply the basic concepts of statistics and probability to predict possible outcomes of real-world
situations 3.2.

ALG.10
ALG.15
ALG.20

Indicators Addressed:
Box 1: Topic extension- fraction exponents
Box 2: Topic covered: Properties of exponents
Box 3: Topic covered: Properties of exponents
Box 4: Topic extension- exponential growth and decay
Box 5: Topic extension- using exponents to write numbers in different bases
Box 6: Topic extension- using exponents to write numbers in different bases

Organizational Tips:
Box 3: Information about foldables can be found in your Glencoe resource kit.
Box 4: Duplicate the 10-6 Reading to Learn handout from your Glencoe Resource kit and make available
for students.
Box 5: Duplicate the handout Place Value Charts for Numbers in Different Bases and make available for
students.
Box 5: The website, http://mathbits.com/mathbits/compsci/Introduction/frombase10.htm, provides an
application on how to convert numbers from base 10 to other bases.
Box 5: The website, http://www.csgnetwork.com/base2baseconv.html, provides a base to base number converter.
Place Value Charts for Numbers in Different Bases

10

Base 10

106

105

10 4

103

10 2

101

10 0
Algebra 1/Powers and Exponents

10,000,000

1,000,000

100,000

10,000

1000

100

10

The number 54610 means 5 10 2 4 101 6 10 0


That means 500+40+6, or 546

Base 2

26

25

24

23

22

21

20

52

51

50

The number 10112 means 1 23 0 2 2 1 21 1 20


That means 8+0+2+1, or 1110 .

Base 5

56

55

54

53

The number 42035 means 4 53 2 52 0 51 3 50


That means 500+50+0+3, or 55310 .
To convert a base 10 number to a different base, start with the place value chart. Look for the highest power of the base that can go into your
base 10 number.
Change 42310 to base 5.
Base 5

57

3
125 423
375
48

56

55

1
25 48
25
23

54

4
5 23
20
3

53

52

51

50

625

125

25

3
3
3
0

Algebra 1/Powers and Exponents