Students often struggle to grasp a firm conceptual understanding of exponents, especially when negative values are involved. 

And memorizing rules and procedures will only take you so far. You have to understand topics like negative exponents if you want to excel at high levels of mathematics.

The following negative exponent video lesson is an introduction to working with negative exponents. The lesson focuses on the role of inverse operations on the different ways that you can express a negative exponent (the video includes negative exponent practice questions).

The lesson also includes a free negative exponents PDF worksheet that corresponds with the video. You can download yours here.

(Learning Standard: Know and apply the properties of zero and negative exponents (8th Grade)).

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By Anthony Persico


Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.