## Zero and Negative Exponents

#### Aligned To Common Core Standard:

**Grade 8 Expressions** - 8.EE.A.1

What happens when an exponent is equal to zero or is a negative value? If an exponent is zero, the overall value of the base with the exponent is equal to one. This can be helpful when solving larger problems because you can quickly simplify and value that has an exponent of zero to become one. Negative exponents on the other hand require you to evaluate them. If a value has a negative exponent that is the same as putting the positive value of the exponent as a denominator and the numerator as one. These worksheets and lessons help students learn how to handle exponents that are negative or zero in operations.

### Printable Worksheets And Lessons

- Working With Zeros Lesson- I know this can be pretty repetitive, but it can really help the concept hit home for students.
- Complex Negative Exponents Lesson - We start working with reciprocals and inverse problems.
- Guided Lesson - Plenty of space to work on these four problems.
- Guided Lesson Explanation - You will notice the numbers of different ways we tackle these problems.
- Zero Exponents Worksheet - Yes, ridiculously repetitive! But boy, is it effective!
- Negative Exponents Worksheet - A great practice page to work on these skills.

#### Mixed Practice Sheets

You will find all the problems for this topic mixed about in here.

- Practice 1 - A whole bunch of different ways to approach these problems.
- Practice 2 - The zero goes by quickly.
- Practice 3 - Some fractions make their way towards you.
- Practice 4 - One over a negative exponent.

#### Negative Exponents Practice Worksheets

More work for students.

- Practice 2 - Remember that your answers will only contain positive exponents.
- Practice 3 - The variable go at you.

#### Zero Exponents Practice

These are for those days where you want to remind them of a simple topic or give them an easy quiz grade.

- Practice 2 - You might catch on after the third problem.
- Practice 3 - The second go around.