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find the value of five to the third power let me rewrite that we have five to the third power now it's important to remember this does not mean five times three this means five times itself three times so this is equal to five times five times five five times three just as a bit of a refresher so you realize the difference five times three to let me write it over here five times three five times three is equal to five plus five plus five so when you're multiplied by three you're adding the number to itself three times when you take it to the third power you're multiplying the number by itself three times so five times three you've seen that before that's 15 but five to the third power five times itself three times is equal to well 5 times 5 is 25 and then 25 times 5 is 125 so this is equal to 125 and we're done