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positive exponents
Posted:
May 10, 1995 9:48 AM


Hi! I'm new to the list for the second time and alreasy have a question for you knowledgeable folks.
I am teaching an introductory algebra class at my institution. Yesterday, one of my students asked me why we eliminate negative exponents. I gave him my pitiful explanation (convention, looks neater, makes substituting numerical values easier, etc.) but said I would look into who came up with this great idea. I've looked in my books and can't find anything I'm looking for something that says "so and so group of people thought this was a good idea"
Any information that any one person can share with me would be appreciated. Obviously, email me and I will post a summary.
Thanks,
Kim Fath Saint Xavier University fath@sxu.edu Student Success Program Learning Assistance Services



