A twist on the traditional "matching" assessment, this "quiz" assesses students' understanding of several properties of exponents.
First, students work together to match specific expressions to equivalent, more simplified expressions. As needed, students are asked to completely simplify any expressions that aren't already as simple as they can get!
Beware! "Bogus Expressions" are also included in the mix, and students must critically analyze the mathematics to identify and exclude them. I've used such quizzes with students many times, and this unique hands-on approach encourages cooperation and communication.
A sample key is included. Assessed in this activity are the following concepts:
Simplifying numerical expressions
Simplifying variable expressions
Zero as an exponent
Negative integer exponents
Product of Powers Property
Power of a Power Property
Power of a Product Property
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