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# What is an exponent?

An exponent is a mathematical notation and shorthand instructing the mathematician to multiply the base number by the same number again, as many times as instructed by the exp…onent. Exponents are formed like this: Base Number: 3 4 - Exponent or Power Following the definition of the exponent, you must multiply the base number by the same number again as many times as instructed by the exponent: So 3 4 is telling you that you need to multiply 3 - 4 times. 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 3 x 3 = 9 x 3 = 27 x 3 = 81 There we'd say that: 3 4 = 81 .
It takes up more room on a piece of paper and is generally frowned upon in mathematics (minus beginning mathematics of course). . (MORE)