# Dr Tim's Indices Challenge

## Dr Tim Honeywill has come up with these challenges to test your understanding of indices and algebra.

##### IndicesLevel 1Level 2Exam-StyleDescriptionHelpMore Indices

This is level 1: Dr Tim's tricky tasks. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct and you do this activity online.

The letters (variables) in your answers should be in alphabetical order with the constant term (if any) at the end.

 1. If $$2^n=2^p \times 2^q$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 2. If $$2^n= 2^p \times 2^q \times 2$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 3. If $$2^n= 2^p \times 2^q \times 8$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 4. If $$2^n= \frac {2^p \times 2^q}{2}$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 5. If $$2^n=4^p \times 8^q \times 16$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 6. If $$2^n= \frac{2 \times 4^p}{4 \times 2^q}$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 7. If $$2^n=4^p \times 8^n$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$. n= 8. If $$2^n=(2 \times 4^p )^2 \times (8 \times 16^q )^3$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n= 9. If $$3^n=9^p \times 27$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$. n= 10. If $$3 \times 3^n= 9 \times 9^p \times 27 \times 27^q$$,write down an expression for $$n$$ in terms of $$p$$ and $$q$$. n=
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This is Dr Tim's Indices Challenge level 1. You can also try:
Level 2

## Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Thanks"

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"I think these are great! So useful and handy, the children love them.
Could we have some on angles too please?"

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Questions written by Dr Tim Honeywill (@HoneywillTim)

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## Description of Levels

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Indices - The traditional, easier indices questions.

Level 1 - Dr Tim's tricky tasks

Level 2 - Dr Tim's tortuous tasks

Exam Style Questions - A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).

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## Curriculum Reference

See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.

## Reminders

 $$5^1=5$$ $$5^0=1$$ $$5^{-1}=\frac15$$ $$5^a \times 5^b = 5^{a+b}$$ $$5^a \div 5^b = 5^{a-b}$$ $$(5^a)^b = 5^{ab}$$

The answers, particularly at level 2, can be written a variety of different forms even within the 'alphabetical order' constraint. If you get an answer marked wrong but are convinced it is correct try writing it in a different format.

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### Typing Mathematical Notation

These exercises use MathQuill, a web formula editor designed to make typing Maths easy and beautiful. Watch the animation below to see how common mathematical notation can be created using your keyboard.

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