There are several reasons it’s important for students to learn about exponents.

## Foundational Understanding

Exponents are fundamental in mathematics and are used extensively in various fields such as algebra, calculus, and physics. Understanding exponents lays the groundwork for more advanced mathematical concepts.

## Simplify Expressions

Exponents help simplify mathematical expressions, making them easier to work with and understand. For instance, expressions involving large numbers can be condensed using exponents, which aids in computation.

## Efficiency in Calculation

Exponents allow for more efficient calculations, especially when dealing with repeated multiplication or division. For example, instead of writing out "2 × 2 × 2 × 2," you can use the exponent notation and write it as 24.

## Scientific Notation

Exponents are a crucial component of scientific notation, which is widely used in science and engineering to express very large or very small numbers in a concise and manageable form.

## Understanding Functions and Equations

Exponents appear in many mathematical functions and equations. Having a good grasp of exponents helps in understanding these functions and equations, which are essential in various areas such as economics, engineering, and computer science.

## Problem Solving

Exponents are often encountered in problem-solving scenarios, ranging from basic arithmetic problems to complex real-world applications. Being proficient in exponents enables individuals to tackle a wide range of problems effectively.

## Grade 6 exponents worksheets

In our grade 6 math section we move on from the introductory exponents worksheets in the grade 5 math section.

## Whole numbers as a base

The first set of worksheets starts students on practicing exponents with whole numbers.

## Harder practice at whole numbers as a base

These worksheets also cover exponents with whole numbers, but they are harder.

## Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals as a base

These worksheets have students evaluate expressions with whole numbers, decimal and fractional bases.

## Negative or zero exponent worksheets

Next, students practice whole numbers with negative numbers.

## Practice negative or zero exponents

Students evaluate expressions with zero or negative exponents in these worksheets.

## Writing expressions using exponents

These worksheets cover writing expressions using exponents where those expressions may use negative, fractional and decimal bases.

## Equations with exponents

Students solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations with exponents in these worksheets.

## Equations with exponents – negative bases

The next set of worksheets introduce negative bases to exponents in equations.

## Equations with exponents – fractional bases

The next set of worksheets have students work on fractional bases with exponents in equations.