Rules of Powers and Exponents

The Rules of Powers and Exponents are sometimes called the “Properties of Exponents” the important thing is no matter what they are called you need to know them to win in the algebra game.  Study the rules below and work hard to master how to use them and watch your test grades rise!

Key concepts to remember:

* the multiplication and division power rules require that the bases are the same
* anything to the “zero” power is = 1
* never leave your final result with negative exponents
* practice using these power rules as they are critical to how well you do in algebra

some key topics that involve using powers and exponents:

* radical operations
* rational operations
* scientific notation
* function operations
* SAT and ACT exams
* college prep math and science courses


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