Access Point #: MAFS.912.N-RN.1.AP.1a

Understand that the denominator of the rational exponent is the root index and the numerator is the exponent of the radicand (e.g., 51/2 = √5). Extend the properties of exponents to justify that (51/2)2=5

Essential Understandings


  • Identify a fractional exponent.
  • Use manipulatives to demonstrate laws of exponents.
  • Understand the following concepts, symbols and vocabulary: radicand, root index, root, numerator, denominator, radical, exponent.
  • Understand the parts of a fraction.
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  • Understand how to multiply fractions and whole numbers.
  • Understand that a fractional exponent is a root.
  • Understand that a root is the inverse of a fractional exponent.
  • Understand that “radicals” (roots) are the “opposite” operation of applying exponents.
  • Understand that you can “undo” a power with a radical, and a radical can “undo” a power.
General Information
Number: MAFS.912.N-RN.1.AP.1a
Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 07/14
Cluster: Extend the properties of exponents to rational exponents. (Algebra 1 - Major Cluster) (Algebra 2 - Major Cluster)

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

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1200700: Mathematics for College Algebra
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1200315: Algebra 1 for Credit Recovery
1200335: Algebra 2 for Credit Recovery
1200375: Algebra 1-A for Credit Recovery
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7912095: Access Algebra 2

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