Students will explore rational exponents in the real world context of earthquake magnitude. This will lead students to an understanding of both decimal and fractional exponents. They will learn how to approximate values resulting from such exponents as well as simplifying expressions with such exponents. This mission is aligned with Common Core State Standards: HSN.RN.1, HSN.RN.2.
The fun stuff:
Earthquakes! The Richter Scale, where 3 is 10 times as big as 2! That's cool, and even cooler, the Richter Scale gives students a context for exploring non-integer exponents. Real world connected and featuring extensive practice.
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The mission includes:
•Rules for exponents practice.
•Exploration of earthquakes and Richter Scale.
•Compare exponents that are natural numbers, negative integers or rational non-integers.
•Comparing and contrasting numbers with different exponents.
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