An exponent is a small number written above and to the right of the base number, tells how many times the base number is being multiplied.
The base a raised to the power of n is equal to the multiplication of a, n times:
\(a\) is the base and \(n\) is the exponent.
Powers in an algebraic expression:
In an algebraic expression, we normally use the “\(x\) to the power \(3\)” that is . Here, the base is \(x\), and the exponent is \(3\). It means that \(x\) is being multiplied by itself \(3\) times: .
For example, “5 to the power 4” may be written as . Here, the base number is \(5\), and the exponent is \(4\). It means that \(5\) is being multiplied by itself \(4\) times:
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