The Greek mathematician Archimedes is credited with discovering and proving the law of exponents in "The Sand Reckoner." His famous work was designed to express the number of grains of sand that can fit in the universe, ... More »

No particular person is credited with creating or discovering scientific notation. The origin of this term dates back to around 1961, when it first appeared in the "New International Dictionary of the English Language." ... More » Math Arithmetic

Indices are a mathematical concept for expressing very large numbers. They are also known as powers or exponents. In the mathematical process of exponentiation, a base number is written alongside a superscript number, wh... More »

A good method for multiplying fractions with exponents is to factor, cancel and simplify. This works whether the exponent is attached to a variable or a numeral. More » Math Exponents

Because a negative exponent turns the base into its reciprocal, a simple method for dividing negative exponents is letting the negative cancel and multiplying by the positive exponential expression. Regents Prep notes th... More »

The division properties of exponents are: when dealing with like bases, exponents are subtracted when the bases are divided; when an entire quotient is raised to an exponential power, both the numerator and denominator a... More »

The quotient of powers property states that when two powers with the same base are divided, the exponents are subtracted from each other. This is written out in the formula: (a^b)/(a^c)=a^b-c. More » Math Exponents