Exponential Terms

Exponential Terms

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In maths, we use exponents to express many numbers in a single expression.

The number 2 multiplied 7 times to itself, can be expressed as:  \[ 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2  = 2^7 \]

In this mini-lesson, we will learn more about exponents and how we can use them in math.

Lesson Plan

What do you Understand by Exponential Terms?

The variables having powers or index are called exponential terms. 

The standard form of an exponent is \(a^n \).

\[ a^n = a \times a \times a \times .... n~times\]

Here 'a' is the base and 'n' is called the power, exponent, or index.

And it is read as 'a to the power of n'.

n can have values of whole numbers, integers, fractions, or decimals.

Some of the examples of exponential terms are :

\( 2^5, (-4)^{0.2}, 5^{\frac{2}{3}}  \)

Further, the following formulae are used to simplify exponents.

  • \( a^m \times a^n = a^{m + n}\)
  • \( \dfrac{a^m}{ a^n} = a^{m - n}\)
  • \( (a^m)^n= a^{m \times n}\)
  • \( a^{-m} = \dfrac{1}{a^m}\)
  • \( \sqrt [n] a^m= (a^m)^{\frac{1}{n}} =a^{\frac{m}{n}}\)
 
tips and tricks
Tips and Tricks
  1. The number 1 raised to any power is 1 itself. \[ 1^n = 1 \]
  2. Any number raised to the power of 0 is 1. \[ n^0 = 1 \]
  3. A fraction can be written as an exponent raised to the power of -1. \[\dfrac{1}{n} = n^{-1}\]

How to simplify Exponential Terms raised to an exponent?

Exponential terms raised to an exponent can be conveniently transformed into simplified form.
\[ (a^m)^n = a^{m \times n}\]

Examples:

A few examples listed below would help us to understand the simplification of exponential terms.

  • \( (2^4)^3 = 2^{4 \times 3} = 2^{12}\)
  • \( (((5^2)^2)^2)^2 = 5^{2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2} = 5^{16}\)
  • \( (3^4)^5 = 3^{4 \times 5 } = 3^{20}\)
 
important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. Even Exponents of Negative Numbers: For even exponents, the negative of the base is converted into a positive.  \[ (-x)^{even~exponent} =x^{even~exponent} \]
  2. Odd Exponents of Negative Numbers: For odd exponents, the negative of the base becomes a negative for the whole expression.  \[ (-x)^{odd~exponent} =-x^{odd~exponent} \]
  3. Converting Decimals into Exponents: The decimal can be converted to a negative exponent of the number 10.  
    \[ 0.1 = 10^{-1}, 0.01 = 10^{-2} \]
    Example:\[0.0035 = 35 \times 10^{-4} \]

Solved Examples

Example 1

 

 

Simplify \(\dfrac{8}{2^{-3}}  \) to the power of 2.

Solution

\[\begin{align} \dfrac{8}{2^{-3}} &= \dfrac{2^3}{2^{-3}}\\&=2^3 \times 2^3 \\&=2^{3 + 3}\\&=2^6\end{align}\]

\(\therefore \) The answer is \(2^6 \)
Example 2

 

 

Find the value of \((-2)^4 \times (\dfrac{3}{2})^4\).

Solution

\[\begin{align}  (-2)^4 \times (\dfrac{3}{2})^4 &= 2^4 \times \frac{3^4}{2^4}\\&=3^4 \\&=81\end{align}\]

\(\therefore \) The answer is 81.
Example 3

 

 

If \(3^{2x - 1} \times 3^4 = 3^{11} \)  Then the value of x is________

Solution

\[\begin{align}   3^{2x - 1} \times 3^4 &= 3^{11} \\3^{2x - 1+4}&=3^{11}\\3^{2x+3}&=3^{11}\end{align}\] \[\text{Bases are equal, powers can be equalized}\] \[\begin{align} 2x + 3 &= 11 \\2x&=11-3 \\2x&=8 \\x&=\frac{8}{2} \\x&=4\end{align}\]

\(\therefore x = 4 \)
Example 4

 

 

Express 0.000064 in exponential form.

Solution

\[\begin{align}0.000064 &= \frac{64}{1000000}\\&=\frac{64}{10^6} \\&= 64 \times 10^6 \\&=2^6 \times 10^6\end{align}\]

\(\therefore \) The exponential form is \(2^6 \times 10^6 \)
Example 5

 

 

Simplify \(\dfrac{4^2 \times3^9 \times 5^{-4}}{2^3 \times 5^{-5} \times 9^3}\).

Solution

\[\begin{align}\dfrac{4^2 \times3^9 \times 5^{-4}}{2^3 \times 5^{-5} \times 9^3} &=\dfrac{(2^2)^2 \times3^9 \times 5^{-4}}{2^3 \times 5^{-5} \times (3^2)^3}\\&=\dfrac{2^4 \times3^9 \times 5^{-4}}{2^3 \times 5^{-5} \times 3^6} \\&=2^{4 - 3} \times 3^{9 - 6} \times 5^{-4 +5}\\&=2^1 \times 3^3 \times 5^1 \\&=3^3 \times 10 \\&=27 \times 10 \\&=270\end{align}\]

\(\therefore \) The answer is 270.

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FAQs on Exponential Terms

1. What is an exponential term?

The term of the form \(a^n \), having a base and power is called an exponential form.  

2. What is an exponential example?

An example of an exponent is \(2^5 \).  \[ 2^5 = 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \times 2 \]
Here 2 is called the base and 5 is called the exponent or power.

3. How do you classify an exponential function?

A function having a variable with powers can be classified as an exponential function. \[ f(x) = x^n\]

4. What is an exponential form in maths?

\( 5^3\), \( 4^{-3}\), \( 3^{\frac{1}{2}}\) are a few examples of exponential forms in maths.

5. What are the five rules of exponents?

The five rules of exponents are.

  1. \( a^m \times a^n = a^{m + n}\)
  2. \( \dfrac{a^m}{ a^n} = a^{m - n}\)
  3. \( (a^m)^n= a^{m \times n}\)
  4. \( a^{-m} = \dfrac{1}{a^m}\)
  5. \( \sqrt [n] a^m= (a^m)^{\frac{1}{n}} =a^{\frac{m}{n}}\)
     

6. How do you simplify exponents?

Exponents are simplified by adding or multiplying powers, for the same bases.  \[\begin{align}2^4 \times 2^3 &= 2^{4 + 3} = 2^7  \\ (5^3)^2 &=5^{3 \times 2} = 5^6\end{align} \]

7. What is the rule of multiplying exponents?

The rule for multiplying exponents is: \[\begin{align} a^m \times a^n &= a^{m + n} \\ 3^2 \times 3^5 &= 3^7\end{align} \]

8. How do you solve exponents with powers?

The terms with exponents with powers can be solved by using the following formulae.
\[\begin{align} \ (a^m)^n&= a^{m \times n}\\(3^2)^4&= 3^{2 \times 4} = 3^8\end{align} \]

9. What is the difference between exponents and powers?

Exponents and powers refer to the same number n in \(a^n \).

10. How do you compare two exponents?

The two exponents can be compared by making the bases equal.
\[\begin{align} 2^7, 4^2,8^2 \\2^7, (2^2)^2, (2^3)^2 \\2^7, 2^4, 2^6 \end{align} \]

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