The exponent of a number says how many times to use that number in a multiplication.

It is written as a small number to the right and above the base number.

In this example: 8

(The exponent "2" says to use the 8 two times in a multiplication.)

Another example: 5

(The exponent "3" says to use the 5 three times in a multiplication.)

Other names for exponent are index or power.

It is written as a small number to the right and above the base number.

In this example: 8

^{2}= 8 × 8 = 64(The exponent "2" says to use the 8 two times in a multiplication.)

Another example: 5

^{3}= 5 × 5 × 5 = 125(The exponent "3" says to use the 5 three times in a multiplication.)

Other names for exponent are index or power.

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