 # Exam-Style Questions on Indices

## Problems on Indices adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.

### 1.

GCSE Higher

Without using a calculator, show clearly that $$27^{\frac23}$$ is equal to $$9$$.

### 2.

GCSE Higher
$$9^{\frac{1}{3}} \times 3^n = 27^{\frac{4}{5}}$$

Work out the exact value of $$n$$.

### 3.

GCSE Higher

Without using a calculator find the values of the following:

(a) $$25^{-\frac12}$$

(b) $$\left( \frac{27}{64} \right)^{ \frac23}$$

### 4.

GCSE Higher

(a) The $$n$$th term of a sequence is $$2^n+2^{n+1}$$

Work out the 8th term of the sequence.

(b) The $$n$$th term of a different sequence is $$9(3^n + 3^{n+1})$$

Expand and express this expression as the sum of two powers of three.

### 5.

GCSE Higher

$$y = a \times b^{x – 2}$$ where $$a$$ and $$b$$ are numbers.

$$y = 5$$ when $$x = 2$$

$$y = 0.005$$ when $$x = 5$$

Work out the value of $$y$$ when $$x = 4$$

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