### Concept (1)

Since we often see exponents throughout all math courses, it is important to understand the rules of exponents. We need to understand how to distribute, add, multiply and divide exponents in order to simplify expressions or manipulate equations that have exponents. The rules of exponents, like those involving multiplication of terms, are important to learn and will be used throughout Algebra I and II and Calculus.

### Sample Problems (4)

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Evaluate

x² − y³ when x = -4 and y = 2.
###### Problem 1
How to evaluate expressions with exponents.

Simplify:

a) -3² =
b) (-3)² =
c) -(⅖)² =
###### Problem 2
How to simplify expressions with exponents and negative bases.
###### Problem 3
Connecting evaluating with exponents to the order of operations and addressing common errors with exponents and negative signs.
###### Problem 4
Negative and fractional bases in simplifying exponential expressions.