Lesson Plan: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions: Negative and Fractional Exponents Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to use the rules of negative and fractional indices to solve algebraic problems.


Students will be able to

  • simplify algebraic expressions involving negative exponents,
  • simplify algebraic expressions involving positive and negative fractional exponents,
  • simplify algebraic expressions involving a combination of negative and fractional exponents.


Students should already be familiar with

  • laws of exponents for positive integer powers.


Students will not cover

  • questions where the exponent itself is an algebraic expression,
  • equations involving negative or fractional exponents.

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