Exponents- the basics

Monday, October 31, 2016


An exponent tells how many of the base numbers get multiplied together.

The base number is the number being multiplied times itself.


16^4  the 16 is the base

 The 4 is the exponent

You read this as "16 to the 4th power."

This means you have four 16's multiplied.

 16 x 16 x 16 x 16 = 65,536

Squared­ means the exponent is "2" or you can say "number to the second power."

Cubed­ means the exponent is "3" of you can say "number to the third power."

If the exponent is zero (0), the product will equal 1

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