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 Exponent:  The number of times a number or expression (called base) is used as a factor of repeated multiplication. Also called the power.


 Exponential


 Base


Exponent 


 Expanded 


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 6


 3


  63 = 6 x 6 x 6 = 216
 "six to the third power"  Exponents can be positive integers


 


 7


 -3


 
 "seven to the negative third power"  Exponents can be negative integers


 


 a


 4


 a4 = a x a x a x a.
 "a to the fourth power"  Can a be a fraction? Yes, it can!


 


 9


 1/2


 = square root of 9 = 3.
 "9 to the one-half power" or "the square root of 9"  Exponents can be fractions. Do you think the exponent can be a negative fraction?