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.
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.
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.
- Exponent of 0: Any number to the power of zero will always be 1.
- Base 10: The exponent indicates the number of zeros that the answer will have.
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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