# Exponents and Powers Class 8 Notes: Chapter 12

**Exponents and Powers Class 8** Notes for chapter 12 given here are a great study tool to boost productivity and improve overall knowledge about the topics. In 8th standard, the concept of exponents, powers and their applications in the real world are explained clearly. This chapter help students to build a strong foundation on the concept of exponents and powers. Solved and example problems are given here for better understanding. Students can use these notes to have a thorough revision of the entire chapter and at the same be well equipped to write the exam.

## Introduction to Exponents and Powers

#### For More Information On Powers And Exponents, Watch The Below Video.

To know more about Exponents and Powers, visit here.

### Powers and Exponents

The **power** of a number indicates the number of times it must be multiplied. It is written in the form **ab.** Where ‘**b**’ indicates the number of times ‘a’ needs to be multiplied to get our result. Here ‘a’ is called the **base** and ‘**b**’ is called the **exponent**.

For example: Consider 9³. Here the exponent ‘3’ indicates that base ‘9’ needs to be multiplied three times to get our equivalent answer which is 27.

### Powers with Negative Exponents

A **negative exponent **in power for any non-integer is basically a **reciprocal** of the power.

In simple terms, for a non-zero integer a with an exponent **-b**, a^{-b} = 1^{ab}

## Visualising Exponents

#### For More Information On Visualising Exponents And Powers, Watch The Below Video.

### Visualising Powers and Exponents

Powers of numbers can easily be visualized in the form of shapes and figures. Consider the following visulization.

### Expanding a Rational Number Using Powers

A given **rational number** can be expressed in expanded form with the help of **exponents**. Consider a number 1204.65. When expanded the number can be written like : 1204.65=1000+200+4+0.6+0.05=(1×10³)+(2×10²)+(0×10¹)+(4×10-¹)+(5×10-²)

## Laws of Exponents

### Exponents with like Bases

Given a non-zero integer a, a^{m}×a^{n}=a^{m+n} where m and n are integers.

and a^{m}÷a^{n}=a^{m−n} where m and n are integers.

For example: 2^{3}×2^{7 }= 2^{7 + 3} = 2^{10}

and 2^{7}2^{3 }= 2^{7−3}

### Power of a Power

Given a non-zero integer a, (a^{m})^{n }= a^{mn}, where m and n are integers.

For example: (2^{4})^{3 }= 2^{4×3 }= 2^{12} Given a non-zero integer a,

(a)^{0 }= 1 Any number to the power 0 is always 1.

### Exponents with Unlike Bases and Same Exponent

Given two non-zero integers a and b,

a^{m}×b^{m }= (a×b)^{m}, where m is an integer.

For example: 2^{3}×5^{3 }= (2×5)^{3 }= 10^{3 }= 1000

To know more about Exponents, visit here.

## Uses of Exponents

### Inter Conversion between Standard and Normal Forms

Very **large numbers** or very **small numbers** can be represented in the** standard form** with the help of **exponents**.

If it is a very large number like 150,000,000,000, then we need to move the **decimal place towards the left**. And when we do so the exponent will be **positive.**

Since the **decimal** is moved **11 places** till it is placed between 1 and 5, our standard form representation of the large number will be 1.5×10^{11}

If it is a very small number like 0.000007, we need to move the** decimal places to the right** in-order to represent the number in its standard form. When being shifted to the right, the exponent will be** negative.**

In this case, the decimal place is moved **6 **places up until till it is placed after digit 7. Therefore our standard form representation will be

7×10^{−6}

The exponents are also useful when converting the number from it’s standard form to it’s natural form.

### Comparison of Quantities Using Exponents

In-order to** compare two large or small quantities**, we convert them to their standard exponential form and divide them.

For example : To compare the diameter of the earth and that of the sun.

Diameter of the Earth = 1.2756 × 10^{6}m

Diameter of the Sun =1.4×10^{9}m

Diameter of the Earth = 1.4×10^{9}m

1.2756 × 10^{7}m=109

So the diameter of the Sun is 109 times that of the Earth! While calculating the total or the difference between two quantities, we must first ensure that the exponents of both the quantities are the same.