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Exam-Style Questions on Indices

Problems on Indices adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.

1.

GCSE Higher

Show that 206 can be written as the sum of a power of five and a square number.


2.

GCSE Higher

Without using a calculator, show clearly that \(27^{\frac23}\) is equal to \(9\).


3.

GCSE Higher

There's an old Elvish wives tale that roughly translated reads:

Four To The Half Power Is Simple To Do

Just Halve The Four And The Answer Is Two.

Modern-day Elves extend this method to calculate other powers such as

$$ 16^{ \frac{1}{4}} = \frac{1}{4} \text{ of } 16 = 4 $$

Is this calculation correct? If it is not explain what is wrong.


4.

GCSE Higher
$$ 9^{\frac{1}{3}} \times 3^n = 27^{\frac{4}{5}} $$

Work out the exact value of \(n\).


5.

GCSE Higher

Without using a calculator find the values of the following:

(a) \(25^{-\frac12} \)

(b) \( \left( \frac{27}{64} \right)^{ \frac23} \)


6.

GCSE Higher

(a) The \(n\)th term of a sequence is \(2^n+2^{n+1}\)

Work out the 8th term of the sequence.

(b) The \(n\)th term of a different sequence is \(9(3^n + 3^{n+1})\)

Expand and express this expression as the sum of two powers of three.


7.

GCSE Higher

If a, b and c are positive integers use the following statements to find the values of a, b and c.

$$ (ab^c)^3 = 27b^{21} $$ $$ b= 9a $$

8.

GCSE Higher

\(y = a \times b^{x – 2}\) where \(a\) and \(b\) are numbers.

\(y = 5\) when \(x = 2\)

\(y = 0.005\) when \(x = 5\)

Work out the value of \(y\) when \(x = 4\)


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