8.1 Laws Of Exponents: Multiplying Monomialspg. 370 -376
First you need to know the vocabulary:
Base: The number or variable that is being raised to a power
Exponent: The nunber or variable that is attached to the upper right
corner of the base.
--Tells how many times a number is used as a factor
(# of times you need to multiply that number by itself)
The first rule of Exponents:
Product of powers:
When you have like bases--you add the exponents:
NOTE: what do the directions say?
If they had said quot;Evaluatequot;, then what do you have to do?
This concept can be used on more complicated problems!
(recall your PEMDAS)
A monomial is---an expression that is a constant, variable or a product of
Essentially--to do these problems you need to :
1. Multiply the coefficients
2. Multiply the like bases(meaning you add the exponents)
OR because you are multiplying....
1. Drop off the parentheses
2. Rearrange the coeffiecients together and the variables
3. Then multiply (remember when multiplying like bases
you are adding the exponents)
Sometimesyou will have to substitute things in a problem and then use
the rules to simplify!