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TOPIC 1: EXPONENTS AND RADICALS ~ MATHEMATICS FORM TWO

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Exponents

Exponents tell how many times to use a number itself in multiplication. There are different laws that guides in calculations involving exponents. In this chapter we are going to see how these laws are used.

Indication of power, base and exponent is done as follows:
Solution:

To write the expanded form of the following powers:

Solution

To write each of the following in power form:

Soln.

The Laws of Exponents

List the laws of exponents

First law:Multiplication of positive integral exponent

Second law: Division of positive integral exponent

Third law: Zero exponents

Fourth law: Negative integral exponents

Verification of the Laws of Exponents

Verify the laws of exponents

First law: Multiplication of positive integral exponent

Generally,
when we multiply powers having the same base, we add their exponents.
If x is any base and m and n are the exponents, therefore:

Example 1
Solution

If you are to write the expression using the single exponent, for example,(63)4.The expression can be written in expanded form as:

Generally if a and b are real numbers and n is any integer,
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4
Generally, (xm)= X(mxn)
Example 5

Rewrite the following expressions under a single exponent for those with identical exponents:

Second law: Division of positive integral exponent
Example 6
Example 7

Therefore,
to divide powers of the same base we subtract their exponents (subtract
the exponent of the divisor from the exponent of the dividend). That
is,

where x is a real number and x ≠ 0, m and n are integers. m is the exponent of the dividend and n is the exponent of the divisor.

Example 8
solution
Third law: Zero exponents
Example 9
This is the same as:
If a ≠ 0, then
Which is the same as:
Therefore if x is any real number not equal to zero, then X0 = 1,Note that 00is undefined (not defined).
Fourth law: Negative integral exponents
Also;
Example 10
Exercise 1
1. Indicate base and exponent in each of the following expressions:
2. Write each of the following expressions in expanded form:
3. Write in power form each of the following numbers by choosing the smallest base:
  1. 169
  2. 81
  3. 10,000
  4. 625
a. 169 b. 81c. 10 000 d. 625
4. Write each of the following expressions using a single exponent:
5. Simplify the following expressions:
6. Solve the following equations:
7. Express 64 as a power with:
  1. Base 4
  2. Base 8
  3. Base 2
Base 4 Base 8 Base 2
8. Simplify the following expressions and give your answers in either zero or negative integral exponents.
9. Give the product in each of the following:
10. Write the reciprocal of the following numbers:
Laws of Exponents in Computations
Apply laws of exponents in computations
Example 11
Solution
Re-arranging Letters so that One Letter is the Subject of the Formula
Re-arrange letters so that one letter is the subject of the formula

A formula is a rule which is used to calculate one quantity when other quantities are given. Examples of formulas are:

Example 14
From the following formulas, make the indicated symbol a subject of the formula:
Solution

Transposing a Formulae with Square Roots and Square

Transpose a formulae with square roots and square

Make the indicated symbol a subject of the formula:

Exercise 3

1. Change the following formulas by making the given letter as the subject of the formula.

2. Use mathematical tables to find square root of each of the following:

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