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You've probably already seen that in math there are different ways
of writing the same thing:
4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4
4 x 5 (multiplication)
Multiplication is a shorter and neater way of showing repeated addition.
In a similar way to how multiplication can be used in place of repeated
addition, Powers can be used to show repeated multiplication.
3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 (repeated multiplication)
Powers have two parts; a base and an exponent.
There are different ways of "saying" powers that
you might hear:
Memory Hint: base is on the bottom - like most bases!
The examples below will help with understanding how values, bases, exponents,
powers, and repeated multiplication are related.
Note: There are always
different combinations of multiplication that produce the same
Try the worksheets below to practice working with exponents and bases.