Algebra 1 Assignment Find Each Product Or Quotient

In earlier chapters we introduced powers.

$$x^{3}=x\cdot x\cdot x$$

There are a couple of operations you can do on powers and we will introduce them now.

We can multiply powers with the same base

$$x^{4}\cdot x^{2}=\left (x\cdot x\cdot x\cdot x \right )\cdot \left ( x\cdot x \right )=x^{6}$$

This is an example of the product of powers property tells us that when you multiply powers with the same base you just have to add the exponents.

$$x^{a}\cdot x^{b}=x^{a+b}$$

We can raise a power to a power

$$\left ( x^{2} \right )^{4}= \left (x\cdot x \right )\cdot \left (x\cdot x \right ) \cdot \left ( x\cdot x \right )\cdot \left ( x\cdot x \right )=x^{8}$$

This is called the power of a power property and says that to find a power of a power you just have to multiply the exponents.

When you raise a product to a power you raise each factor with a power

$$\left (xy \right )^{2}= \left ( xy \right )\cdot \left ( xy \right )= \left ( x\cdot x \right )\cdot \left ( y\cdot y \right )=x^{2}y^{2}$$

This is called the power of a product property

$$\left (xy \right )^{a}= x^{a}y^{a}$$

As well as we could multiply powers we can divide powers.

$$\frac{x^{4}}{x^{2}}=\frac{x\cdot x\cdot {\color{red} \not}{x}\cdot {\color{red} \not}{x}}{{\color{red} \not}{x}\cdot {\color{red} \not}{x}}=x^{2}$$

This is an example of the quotient of powers property and tells us that when you divide powers with the same base you just have to subtract the exponents.

$$\frac{x^{a}}{x^{b}}=x^{a-b},\: \: x\neq 0$$

When you raise a quotient to a power you raise both the numerator and the denominator to the power.

$$\left (\frac{x}{y} \right )^{2}=\frac{x}{y}\cdot \frac{x}{y}=\frac{x\cdot x}{y\cdot y}=\frac{x^{2}}{y^{2}}$$

This is called the power of a quotient power

$$\left (\frac{x}{y} \right )^{a}=\frac{x^{a}}{y^{a}},\: \: y\neq 0$$

When you raise a number to a zero power you'll always get 1.


$$x^{0}=1,\: \: x\neq 0$$

Negative exponents are the reciprocals of the positive exponents.

$$x^{-a}=\frac{1}{x^{a}},\: \: x\neq 0$$

$$x^{a}=\frac{1}{x^{-a}},\: \: x\neq 0$$

The same properties of exponents apply for both positive and negative exponents.

In earlier chapters we talked about the square root as well. The square root of a number x is the same as x raised to the 0.5th power


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Simplify the following expression using the properties of exponents

$$\frac{( 7^{5}) ^{10}\cdot 7^{200}}{\left ( 7^{-2} \right )^{30}}$$

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Common Core Algebra 1

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Arithmetic Review (Optional)

  1. Arithmetic on a Grid: Counting unit squares. Sum, difference, product, quotient.
  2. Two-Digit Addition: Two-digit numbers shown as $a(10)+b$ on grid. Addition with regrouping, carrying.
    Exercises: addition
  3. Two-Digit Subtraction and Multiplication: Subtraction with borrowing, multiplication with regrouping.
    Exercises: subtraction, multiplication, division
  4. Negative Numbers: Green squares have value $+1$, pink squares have value $-1$. Sums and differences. Word problems involving debt.
    Exercises: addition, subtraction
  5. Multiplication and Division with Negative Numbers: Products and quotients with negative numbers on the grid, introduced through analogy and pattern-matching.
    Exercises: multiplication, division
  6. Fraction Addition and Subtraction: Visualizing fractions using pie slices. Reducing to lowest terms. Finding common denominators.
    Exercises: addition, subtraction
  7. Fraction Multiplication and Division: Using an expanded grid to visualize fractions.
    Exercises: multiplication, division
  8. Arithmetic Test

Variables, Expressions, and Simple Equations

  1. Variables and Expressions: Expressions as quantities. Simple linear expressions. Sliders for variables.
    Exercises: evaluation6.EE.2
  2. Word Problems: Cost of $n$ items. Multi-variable expressions.
    Exercises: expressions6.EE.6, A.SSE.1a, A.CED.2
  3. More Complicated Expressions: Examples involving negative numbers, division, fractions.
    Exercises: evaluation, divisionA.SSE.1a
  4. Equations as Sentences: Solving equations by trial and error, or by sliding a slider. Inverse problems as word problems.
    Exercises: solving6.EE.5, A.CED.1
  5. Grouping in Addition and Subtraction Problems: Parentheses, associative law of addition, order of operations for addition and subtraction. Simplifying expressions using the associativity of addition to regroup, including for subtraction.
    Exercises: evaluation, simplifying6.EE.3, A.APR.1
  6. Solving $x+b=c$: Adding a constant to both sides.
    Exercises: solving6.EE.7, A.REI.1, A.REI.3
  7. Grouping in Multiplication Problems: Order of operations including multiplication. Multiplying three numbers, associative law of multiplication and its use in simplifying expressions.
    Exercises: evaluation 1, evaluation 2, multiplication, division6.EE.3, A.APR.1
  8. Solving $ax+b=c$: Adding $-b$ and then multiplying by $$1/a$$, or dividing by $a$.
    Exercises: solving 1, solving 26.EE.7, A.REI.1, A.REI.3
  9. Applications of Linear Equations: Balanced scale, budgeting, temperature conversion.
    Exercises: solving6.EE.7, 7.EE.4a, A.CED.1, F.BF.1a
  10. Variables, Expressions, and Simple Equations Test 1
  11. The Distributive Law and Combining Like Terms: Expanding $a(x+c)$, $a(bx+c)$, $-(bx+c)$. Simplifying $ax+bx$ to $[a+b]x$.
    Exercises: simplifying 1, simplifying 2, combining like terms6.EE.3, A.APR.1
  12. Manipulating Linear Expressions: Adding, subtracting, scaling, simplifying. Commutativity of addition and multiplication. Zero and one laws.
    Exercises: simplifying 1, simplifying 26.EE.3, 7.EE.1, A.APR.1
  13. Solving $ax+b=cx+d$: Adding $-cx-b$ to both sides.
    Exercises: solving8.EE.7b, A.REI.1, A.REI.3
  14. Variables, Expressions, and Simple Equations Test 2

Linear Graphs

  1. Points and Coordinates: Connecting the ordered pair $(x, y)$ with the coordinate plane. Quadrants.
    Exercises: quadrants, coordinates6.NS.6bc
  2. Investigating $y=x+b$: Finding the $y$-intercept $(0, b)$ of a line.
    Exercises: $y$-interceptsF.IF.7a, F.BF.3
  3. Investigating $y=mx$: Lines with slope $m$, positive or negative.
    Exercises: slopes8.EE.5, 8.F.2, F.LE.1a
  4. Investigating $y=mx+b$: Slope and $y$-intercept.
    Exercises: $y$-intercepts 1, slopes 1, $y$-intercepts 2, slopes 2, equations8.F.3, F.IF.7a, F.LE.1a
  5. Solving Equations Graphically: Graphing each side and finding the intersection, e.g. for $ax+b=cx+d$.
    Exercises: solvingA.REI.11
  6. Finding Formulas for Approximately Linear Data: Simple statistics application. Uses root-mean-square error informally. 8.SP.2, F.IF.4, S.ID.6ac
  7. Slopes, Rates of Change, and Similar Triangles: Calculating the slope of a line from any two points on it. Derivation of the equation $y=mx$ or $y=mx+b$ from a line’s slope and $y$-intercept.
    Exercises: computing slopes8.F.4, F.LE.1b, F.LE.2
  8. Finding Equations for Lines: Point-slope form.
    Exercises: point-slope formF.LE.2
  9. Parallel and Perpendicular Lines: Slopes $m$ and $$-1/m$$.
    Exercises: parallel lines, perpendicular lines8.EE.8c
  10. Equations for Lines in Standard Form: $Ax + By = C$. Converting to slope-intercept form. Computing slopes, $x$- and $y$-intercepts.
    Exercises: converting to slope-intercept form, $y$-intercepts, $x$-interceptsA.CED.4, A.REI.10
  11. Linear Graphs Test

Inequalities, Absolute Value, and Square Roots

  1. Linear Inequalities: Half-plane solution graphs, with or without boundary line.
    Exercises: evaluating, identifying inequalitiesA.CED.1, A.REI.12
  2. Equivalent Inequalities: Adding a constant to both sides of an inequality. Multiplying both sides by a positive or negative number.
    Exercises: addition, multiplication
  3. Solving Inequalities Algebraically: Finding algebraic solutions to $ax+b < c$ and similar inequalities.
    Exercises: solvingA.REI.3
  4. Absolute Value: Definition of absolute value. Graphing and solving equations which include absolute values. $|ab| = |a||b|$.
    Exercises: solving6.NS.7c, F.IF.7b'
  5. Square Roots: Definition and computation of square roots. Simplifying square roots via product, quotient, and absolute value identities.
    Exercises: simplifying8.EE.2, A.REI.4b
  6. Rational and Irrational Numbers: Definitions. If $q$ and $r$ are rational, then so are $q+r$, $q-r$, $qr$, and $$q/r$$ if $r ≠ 0$; but $√2$ for instance is not.
    Exercises: repeating decimals, rationality8.NS.1, 8.EE.2, N.RN.3
  7. Inequalities, Absolute Value, and Square Roots Test

Descriptive Statistics

  1. Summarizing a Collection of Measurements: Converting to common units. Dot (line) plots. Median and mean. Histograms.
    Exercises: median from a list, median from frequencies, mean6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, N.Q.1, N.Q.2, N.Q.3, S.ID.1, S.ID.2
  2. Box Plots: First and third quartiles, interquartile range. Comparing data collections.
    Exercises: quartiles, box plots6.SP.4, S.ID.1, S.ID.2, S.ID.3
  3. Measuring Spread in Data: Mean absolute deviation, standard deviation.
    Exercises: mean absolute deviations, standard deviations6.SP.3, S.ID.2
  4. Analyzing Outliers and Choosing Statistics: Important and unimportant outliers. Choosing the best statistics to describe a collection of data values. 6.SP.5, S.ID.3
  5. Data Relating Two Categorizations: Two-way frequency tables. Joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies. Possible associations and trends in the data.
    Exercises: joint frequencies, marginal frequencies, conditional relative frequencies8.SP.4, S.ID.5
  6. Data Relating Two Measurements: Scatter plots. Linear model, residuals, root-mean-square error, interpretation of slope and $y$-intercept. Correlation coefficient, correlation is not causation.
    Exercises: root mean square errors, correlation coefficients8.SP.1, 8.SP.3, S.ID.6abc, S.ID.7, S.ID.8, S.ID.9
  7. Descriptive Statistics Test

Systems of Linear Equations or Inequalities

  1. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing: Solutions are intersections of graphs.
    Exercises: checking, solving8.EE.8a, A.REI.6
  2. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Subtraction: Solving for a difference equal to 0.
    Exercises: solving8.EE.8b, A.REI.5, A.REI.6
  3. Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Multiplication and Addition: Eliminating a variable in an equation.
    Exercises: solving8.EE.8b, A.REI.5, A.REI.6
  4. Applications of Systems of Linear Equations: Cost, revenue, profit. Birth and death rates. 8.EE.8c, 8.SP.3, A.CED.2, F.LE.5
  5. Mixture Problems: Mathematics of mixing different concentrations.
    Exercises: solvingA.CED.2, A.REI.6
  6. Systems of Linear Inequalities: Solution graphs are intersections of half-planes.
    Exercises: solvingA.REI.12
  7. Linear Optimization: Maximizing profit subject to linear inequalities. A.CED.3
  8. Systems of Linear Equations or Inequalities Test

Quadratic Expressions, Graphs, and Equations

  1. Investigating $y=(x-h)^2+k$: Vertex, axis of symmetry.
    Exercises: vertex, axis of symmetry8.F.3, F.IF.7a', F.IF.9'
  2. Investigating $y=a(x-h)^2+k$: Positive and negative $a$. Roots.
    Exercises: vertex, axis of symmetry, number of rootsF.IF.7a'
  3. Quadratic Polynomials: Monomials and polynomials. Adding, subtracting, scaling quadratics. Multiplying two monic linear factors to obtain a quadratic polynomial. Uses the algebra grid.
    Exercises: addition, subtraction, multiplication 1, multiplication 2A.APR.1
  4. More Quadratic Polynomials: Multiplying non-monic linear polynomials. Performing several simplifications on one quadratic expression.
    Exercises: simplifyingA.APR.1
  5. Factoring $x^2+bx+c$: Graphing $y=(x-r)(x-s)$. Solving $x^2+bx+c=0$ by factoring.
    Exercises: factoringA.SSE.3a, A.REI.4b
  6. Factoring $ax^2+bx+c$: Constant and linear factors. Clearing denominators. Moving all terms to one side of an equation.
    Exercises: factoring 1, factoring 2, clearing denominators, solvingA.SSE.2, A.REI.4b
  7. Quadratics Test 1
  8. Investigating $y=ax^2+bx$: Roots, axis of symmetry, vertex.
    Exercises: axis of symmetry, vertexF.IF.8a'
  9. Investigating $y=ax^2+bx+c$: Axis of symmetry, vertex, rewriting in vertex form.
    Exercises: axis of symmetry, vertexF.IF.8a'
  10. Solving Quadratic Equations: Completing the square, solving any quadratic equation.
    Exercises: solving, converting vertex form to standard formA.SSE.3b, A.REI.4ab, F.IF.8a'
  11. The Quadratic Formula: Solving any quadratic equation, using a formula.
    Exercises: discriminants, solving 1, solving 2, solving 3A.REI.4ab
  12. Quadratics Test 2
  13. Applications of Quadratic Equations: Objects in free fall, the shape of a suspension bridge, profit maximization.
    Exercises: solving8.F.5, A.SSE.1a', A.CED.1', F.IF.4', F.BF.1a'
  14. Quadratic Systems of Equations: Using substitution to eliminate a variable.
    Exercises: linear systems, number of solutions, solving 1, solving 2A.REI.7
  15. Quadratics Test 3

Exponential Growth and Decay

  1. The Laws of Exponents: For all positive integers $c$ and $d$, $a^c a^d = a^{c+d}$, $(ab)^d = a^d b^d$, and $(a^c)^d = a^{cd}$. If $a ≠ 0$ and $b ≠ 0$, we can extend these laws to all integers $c$ and $d$ using $a^0 = 1$ and $$a^{- d} = 1/a^d$$.
    Exercises: simplifying 1, simplifying 28.EE.1, F.LE.1a
  2. Rational Exponents: Given $a > 0$, and integers $m$ and $n$ with $n > 0$, we define $$a^{m∕n} = √^n{a^m}$$. Then the laws of exponents still hold for positive bases and rational exponents. Graph of $y=a^x$ for various $a > 0$.
    Exercises: $n$th roots, simplifyingN.RN.1, N.RN.2, F.IF.6, F.IF.7e, F.IF.8b', F.LE.2
  3. Comparing Exponential Graphs: Graphs of $y = m a^x$ and $y = a^{x+c}$, which coincide when $a^c = m$. Graphs of $y = b^x$ and $y = a^{rx}$, which coincide when $a^r = b$. Compare linear, quadratic, and exponential growth, including for large $x$.
    Exercises: rewriting 1, rewriting 2, comparing growth ratesF.IF.8b', F.BF.3, F.LE.3'
  4. Applications of Exponential Growth: Compound interest, musical pitches, biological growth.
    Exercises: compound interestA.SSE.1ab', A.SSE.3c, A.CED.2', F.LE.1c, F.LE.5
  5. Applications of Exponential Decay: Carbon dating, cooling objects. A.CED.1', A.REI.11, F.IF.4, F.BF.1b, F.LE.1c, F.LE.5
  6. Exponentials Test


  1. Sets, Relations, and Functions: Sets, relations, domain, range. When is a relation a function?
    Exercises: relations from tables, relations from graphs8.F.1, F.IF.1
  2. Functions as Transformations: Function notation $f(x)$. Defining a function by a table, formula, or graph. Composition.
    Exercises: evaluationF.IF.1, F.IF.2
  3. Inverse Functions: Definition and computation of the inverse of a function. One-to-one functions. Square and cube roots. The inverse of a linear function.
    Exercises: one-to-one functions, inverting linear functionsF.IF.7b', F.BF.4
  4. Shifting Functions: Moving a graph through composition of functions. Periodic functions.
    Exercises: shifting functionsF.BF.3'
  5. Stretching and Flipping Functions: Dilating or reflecting a graph through composition of functions. Even and odd functions and polynomials.
    Exercises: stretching graphs, even and odd functionsF.BF.3'
  6. Piecewise-Defined Functions: Piecewise-defined functions, step functions, and the floor and ceiling functions.
    Exercises: evaluationF.IF.5', F.IF.7b'
  7. Sequences: Arithmetic, geometric, and Fibonacci sequences. The sum $1+2+...+n$.
    Exercises: arithmetic sequences, geometric sequencesF.IF.3, F.IF.5, F.BF.2, F.LE.2
  8. Applications of Functions: Temperature conversion, profit, rice on a chessboard. F.IF.2, F.IF.5, F.BF.1a, F.BF.3
  9. Functions Test

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