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Exponents review

Review the basics of exponents and try some practice problems. 

Exponents and bases

Here's what an exponent and a base look like:
start color #11accd, 4, end color #11accd, start superscript, start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10, end superscript
The small number written above and to the right of a number is called an start color #e07d10, start text, e, x, p, o, n, e, n, t, end text, end color #e07d10. The number underneath the exponent is called the start color #11accd, start text, b, a, s, e, end text, end color #11accd. In this example, the base is start color #11accd, 4, end color #11accd, and the exponent is start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10.
Want to learn more about exponents? Check out this video.

Evaluating exponents

An exponent tells us to multiply the base by itself that number of times.
In our example, start color #11accd, 4, end color #11accd, start superscript, start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10, end superscript tells us to multiply the base of start color #11accd, 4, end color #11accd by itself start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10 times:
43=4×4×443=64\begin{aligned} \blueD4^\goldD3 &=\blueD4 \times \blueD4 \times \blueD4 \\\\ \phantom{\blueD4^\goldD3}&= 64 \end{aligned}

What about when the exponent is a zero?

Any base with an exponent of zero is equal to 1.
For example, 7, start superscript, 0, end superscript, equals, 1.
Check out this video to see why.

Practice

Problem 1
Evaluate.
9, squared, equals
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a multiple of pi, like 12, space, start text, p, i, end text or 2, slash, 3, space, start text, p, i, end text

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.

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