Algebra: Rules of Exponents - dummies

By Mary Jane Sterling

Part of Algebra II Workbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Exponents are shorthand for repeated multiplication. The rules for performing operations involving exponents allow you to change multiplication and division expressions with the same base into something simpler to work with. Remember that in xa, the x is the base and the a is the exponent.

Assume x ≠ 0: