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Jun29

Learn More about Exponents

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In this post, we are going to learn what exponents are and how to calculate them.

Exponents are used to simplify multiplication problems where the same number is multiplied.

For example:

5 x 5 x 5 x 5

We are multiplying the number 5 four times. In order to write it in powers, we first write down the number 5 and above on the left side, we write a small number 4.

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The number 5 is the base, which is the number that is multiplied. The number 4 is the exponent, which is the number of times the base is multiplied.

It’s read like this: 5 to the 4th power.

Special Cases of Exponents:
  • Exponent of 1: Any number to the power of 1 will always be the same number.

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  • Exponent of 0: Any number to the power of zero will always be 1.

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  • Base 10: The exponent indicates the number of zeros that the answer will have.
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If you want to see a more detailed explanation with more examples of powers, you can check out a similar post: Powers in Math.

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