Chapter 6: Exponents and Exponential Functions
Introduction
Here you'll learn all about exponents in algebra. You will learn the properties of exponents and how to simplify exponential expressions. You will learn how exponents can help you write very large or very small numbers with scientific notation. You will also learn how to solve different types of exponential equations where the variable appears as the exponent or the base. Finally, you will explore different types of exponential functions of the form \begin{align*}y=b^x, y=ab^x, y=ab^{\frac{x}{c}},\end{align*}
 6.1.
Product Rules for Exponents
 6.2.
Quotient Rules for Exponents
 6.3.
Power Rule for Exponents
 6.4.
Zero and Negative Exponents
 6.5.
Fractional Exponents
 6.6.
Exponential Expressions
 6.7.
Scientific Notation
 6.8.
Exponential Equations
 6.9.
Exponential Functions
 6.10.
Advanced Exponential Functions
Chapter Summary
Summary
You learned that in an expression like \begin{align*}2^x\end{align*}

\begin{align*}a^m \times a^n=a^{m+n}\end{align*}
am×an=am+n 
\begin{align*}\frac{a^m}{a^n}=a^{mn} \ (\text{if} \ m > n, a \neq 0)\end{align*}
aman=am−n (if m>n,a≠0) 
\begin{align*}(a^m)^n=a^{mn}\end{align*}
(am)n=amn 
\begin{align*}(ab)^n=a^nb^n\end{align*}
(ab)n=anbn  \begin{align*}\left(\frac{a}{b}\right)^n=\frac{a^n}{b^n} \ (b \neq 0)\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}a^0=1 \ (a \neq 0)\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}a^{m}=\frac{1}{a^m}\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}a^{\frac{m}{n}}=\sqrt[n]{a^m}=\left(\sqrt[n]{a}\right)^m\end{align*}
You learned that scientific notation is a way to express large or small numbers in the form \begin{align*}x=a \times 10^n\end{align*} where \begin{align*}1 \le a < 10 \ \text{and} \ n \ \in \ Z.\end{align*}
You learned that to solve exponential equations with variables in the exponent you should try to rewrite the equations so the bases are the same. Then, set the exponents equal to each other and solve. If the equation has a variable in the base you can try to get rid of the exponent or, make the exponents on each side of the equation the same and then set the bases equal to each other and solve.
Finally, you learned all about exponential functions. You learned that for exponential functions of the form \begin{align*}y=ab^{\frac{x}{c}}+d\end{align*}, if \begin{align*}0 < b < 1\end{align*} then the function is decreasing and represents exponential decay. If \begin{align*}b>1\end{align*} then the function is increasing and represents exponential growth. Exponential functions are used in many reallife situations such as with the decay of radioactive isotopes and with interest that compounds.