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Lesson 23: Integer Exponents

To motivate the convention for negative and zero exponents, the lesson begins by observing the halving pattern found in continuously decreasing the exponent of a power of two by one. After an application looking at the formula for Body Mass Index calculation, power functions of the form \(f(x) = kx^p\) are introduced. Radiation Intensity application problems follow before pure algebraic manipulation of exponential expressions are presented. The lesson concludes with a review of scientific notation.

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Bruce Yoshiwara (Pierce College) and Kathy Yoshiwara (Pierce College)
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Bohdan Rhodehamel
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Developmental Mathematics Collection
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