If you are going to be negative, you are on the wrong side of the line. If you are an exponent, that is. If an positive exponent tells you how many times to multiply a base number, what does a negative exponent mean? It means that you will do the opposite and divide.
Students will explore patterns and properties of negative exponents as they work through this activity. They will gain an understanding of why a base number with a negative exponent in the numerator is equivalent to that same base and positive exponent in the denominator. Using the same table that was used in a previous activity, Properties of Positive Integer Exponents to Generate Equivalent Numerical Expressions, they will be able to determine that positive, zero or negative exponents are part of the same simple pattern.
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