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Although exponents and law of exponents are only taught in grade 9 (under the strand "number" in the Alberta Math Program of Studies), some concepts and related examples of exponents are already being introduced in earlier grades. The concept of exponents as repeated multiplication of the same factor is being introduced through the strands "number" and "shape and space (measurement)."

For example, in grade 4, students learn to measure area of 2D shapes in square unit. Students continue to develop their knowledge on area and volume measurement throughout grade 5 to 8.

A word about the AB Math
Program of Studies

*How is exponents being introduced in schools?*

Although exponents and law of exponents are only taught in grade 9 (under the strand "number" in the Alberta Math Program of Studies), some concepts and related examples of exponents are already being introduced in earlier grades. The concept of exponents as repeated multiplication of the same factor is being introduced through the strands "number" and "shape and space (measurement)."

For example, in grade 4, students learn to measure area of 2D shapes in square unit. Students continue to develop their knowledge on area and volume measurement throughout grade 5 to 8.

Note: Students learn order of
operations in grade
6, excluding exponents.

In grade 10, students take up
exponents under the strand "algebra and numbers,"
where they extend their knowledge of exponents and apply laws of exponents that
involves rational or variable bases, rational exponents, radicals and
logarithm.