High School Math : Understanding Negative Exponents

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for High School Math

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Understanding Negative Exponents

Which of the following is equivalent to  ? 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:


By definition, 


In our problem,  and 

Then, we have .

Example Question #1 : Negative Exponents

Solve for :

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:


Raise both sides of the equation to the inverse power of  to cancel the exponent on the left hand side of the equation.

Subtract  from both sides:

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