Comfortable with the concepts covered in this video? A great next step would be to look at __Negative and Fractional Indices__ for a more complete picture of the rules surrounding indices.

Indices are used in many different situations in real life. A common example is in writing very large or very small numbers. These are often written in scientific notation, and can be stored in computers as a type of variable known as a floating point variable. Scientific notation makes heavy use of indices to keep numbers easier to work with. Floating point variables are very important in all areas of computing, including gaming physics.

Indices are also used in the calculation of areas and volumes. For example, the area of a square is the length squared, and the volume of a cube is the length cubed. This is especially important when changing units of measurement, such as from cubic metres to cubic centimetres.

Plus, indices are used in certain kinds of other measurements, including acidity (pH), the loudness of sound (decibels), or the intensity of earthquakes (the Richter scale). All of these measurements use what is known as a logarithmic scale, which relies on indices.

**Maths Is Fun** has a useful applet to help you understand the basic idea of indices, followed by an easy to follow summary of the rules.

Another page with a lot of interactive maths problems is **www.intmath.com**. It is well structured at the top level and things are easy to find.

**Laerd Mathematics** gives a succinct summary of the rules, and follows this up with a wide selection of questions. Worked answers are available.

The **Khan Academy** has a comprehensive set of video tutorials covering a large range of mathematical and other concepts, as well as questions to test your knowledge. This link takes you to the relevant section for this topic.

**Patrick JMT **(Just Maths Tutorials) has many video tutorials covering a large range of mathematical concepts. Here are two useful videos: the first one covers the basic indices rules, and the second provides example questions.