Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Zero and Negative Exponents - Problem 5

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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A negative exponent on a base changes where that base is in the fraction- if the base is in the bottom, it comes to the top; and if the base starts in the top, then it moves to the bottom. If a negative exponent is applied to a fraction, then you can flip the fraction and make the exponent positive. If there are parentheses around two parts of the base, then the exponent applies to both parts. If there are no parentheses, then the exponent only applies to the part of the base immediately next to the base.

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