Simplify a power of a power
Home learning focus
Learn how to simplify a power of a power.
This lesson includes:
- one video
- a learning summary
- two activities with answers
Created in partnership with Beyond.
Squares, cubes and higher powers are shown as small digits called indices (the singular form is index), also commonly known as powers or exponents. Indices are used to show numbers that have been multiplied by themselves, and can also be used instead of the roots, such as the square root.
The mathematical laws around indices make complex calculations involving them easier.
Simplifying a power of a power
You may be asked to simplify a power of a power or raise indices to a power, eg Simplify (aᵐ)ⁿ
If this happens, you are being asked to multiply everything inside the bracket, by itself, the number of times outside the bracket. When raising one power of a number to another, you simply multiply the powers together.
(aᵐ)ⁿ = aᵐ ˣ ⁿ
Follow the slideshow below to learn more about simplifying a power of a power, which is one of the index laws. Read through each example, following the steps closely to see how each solution is arrived at.
Simplifying a power of a power - mixed practice
Now test your understanding and knowledge of raising a power to a power by working through these worksheets from Beyond. Questions are grouped by difficulty either as Bronze, Silver or Gold so aim to get as far as you can! There is also a challenge to complete at the end. Write your answers on a piece of paper.
Indices - skills
Keep going: test your understanding of the laws of indices with this worksheet from Beyond that covers multiplication, division and raising indices to a power. If you need to strengthen your knowledge of the laws of indices first, check out the other BBC Bitesize Daily, Year 9 and S3 Maths lessons from this week.
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