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What Are Exponents (Math)?
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An exponent is a shorthand way of expressing a number multiplied by itself a given number of times. An exponent is made up of two numbers: the base, which is the number multiplied by itself; and the exponent, the smaller superscript number that tells you how many times the base is multiplied by itself. The exponent is written as a smaller superscript number next to the normal-sized base number or variable.
- When multiplying two exponents with the same base, the result is the base to the power of the sum of the exponents.
When you have an exponent to the power of another exponent, the result is the base to the product of the two exponents.
This math document on exponents also contains key points and sample problems.