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# Meanning of positive exponent?

###### Wiki User

###### 2009-12-10 03:20:47

An exponent is the power that a number is raised to. For

instance, in the expression 3^2 ("three squared"), 2 is the

"exponent" and 3 is the "base." A positive exponent just means that

the power is a positive number. For instance, the following

expression does not involve a positive exponent: 3^(-2). Horses

rule!!!!!

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### How do you change negative exponets to positive exponents?

A negative exponent of a number is the same as the reciprocal of
that same number to the equivalent positive exponent.
EXAMPLE : 2-3 = 1/23
When multiplying powers of the same base the rule is, add
the exponents.
So, if the initial exponent is negative then the number has to
be multiplied by a power of that number with an equivalent positive
exponent greater than the negative exponent.
EXAMPLE : 2-3 x 25 = 2(-3+5) = 22 (As 5 > l3l then the
resultant exponent is positive)