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Indices

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Indices. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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Indices Starters:

Exponential Error: This lesson starter presents a number of statements about indices and pupils are asked if they can spot the mistake.

The Power of Christmas: Find a power of 2 and a power of 3 that are consecutive numbers.

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Practice Papers

Mathematics GCSE(9-1) Higher style questions and worked solutions presented as twenty short, free, practice papers to print out.

 

Curriculum for Indices:

Year 5

Pupils should be taught to recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3) more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to use conventional notation for the priority of operations, including brackets, powers, roots and reciprocals more...

Pupils should be taught to use integer powers and associated real roots (square, cube and higher), recognise powers of 2, 3, 4, 5 and distinguish between exact representations of roots and their decimal approximations more...

Pupils should be taught to interpret and compare numbers in standard form A x 10n 1≤A<10, where n is a positive or negative integer or zero more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions (including those involving surds {and algebraic fractions}) by: factorising quadratic expressions of the form x2 + bx + c, including the difference of 2 squares; {factorising quadratic expressions of the form ax2 + bx + c} and by simplifying expressions involving sums, products and powers, including the laws of indices more...

Pupils should be taught to {estimate powers and roots of any given positive number} more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate with roots, and with integer {and fractional} indices more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate with numbers in standard form A × 10n, where 1≤A<10 and n is an integer more...

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Notes:

Where do many fish live? Indices (in the seas!) This topic involves the use of the index, power or exponent. The concept is easily misunderstood and a surprisingly large number of pupils will evaluate 62 as 12 and not 36.

After having mastered positive integer indices pupils should move on to negative indices and fractional indices. Exploring this topic in both numeric and algebraic ways will provide understanding and competence in this important concept.

Indices Activities:

Estimate Powers and Roots: Estimate the powers and roots of the given positive numbers.

Indices: A self marking exercise on indices (powers) including evaluating statements and solving equations.

Indices Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of indices.

Indices True False: Arrange the given statements involving indices to show whether they are true or false.

Standard Form: Test your understanding of standard form (scientific notation) with this self-marking quiz.

Standard Order: Arrange the numbers given in standard form with the smallest at the top and the largest at the bottom.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Exponential.

Indices Videos:

Indices Song: A free trial lesson from Math Upgrade dot com.

Working with Indices: Demonstrations of how to work with the laws of indices (powers).

Indices Worksheets/Printables:

Indices True False Cards: A set of printable cards to use with the laws of indices true or false activity.

Indices External Links:

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