 Negative Exponents,
a selection of answers from the Dr. Math archives.
 Working with Negative Exponents
 Is multiplying by 10 to the negative 3rd power the same as dividing
by 10 to the positive 3rd power?
 Negative Exponents
 What does the negative power of 2 mean?
 Exponents Containing Negative Integers
 Order of operations and raising a negative number to a power.
 Nested Negative Exponents
 How do I deal with nested negative exponents?
 Negative Numbers Combined with Exponentials
 Why in the order of operations is negation a multiplication done
after exponentiation, rather than as a part of the base? What about
polynomials?
 Positive and Negative Exponents
 Why does (1)^n = 1 for any even number n, and why is (17) ^8 positive?
 Combining Positive and Negative
Exponents
 When you simplify exponential expressions using the power rule,
how do you combine positive and negative exponents in the numerator
and denominator?
 Negative Signs in Exponents
 Is (2^2)^3 greater than or less than 2^5?
 Negative Fraction Exponents
 Can you help me simplify terms with negative fraction exponents?
For example, [2n^(1/3)  4n^(2/3)]/[2n^(2/3)].
 Zero to a Negative Exponent
 Is 0^(3) equal to 0, or is it undefined? We can't determine whether
to use the 0^x = 0 rule, or to interpret it as 1/(0^3).
