Can anyone explain Exponentiation?

# Can anyone explain Exponentiation?

**mtf**#2

If this concept has not come up yet in your school studies then we are at a bit of a disadvantage since we cannot be sure how much you understand already, and what it is you do not understand. Can you expand upon your question, please? Thanks.

Include a link to the lesson, as well as what code you have attempted thus far.

Are you getting error messages? Please include them, as well. Thanks.

Briefly, to start us off…

```
2 * 2 == 4
```

The `*`

is the *multiplication operator* in most programming languages, including Python. What we have above is a number times itself, a math concept known as *squaring*. The following expression gives the same outcome…

```
2 ** 2
```

It reads as, `two squared`

, or `two to the power of two`

. When we raise a value to some power, that power value is the *exponent* and the process of performing this computation is called *exponentiation*.

One more example,

```
3 ** 3 == 27
```

The equivalent expanded expression to this is,

```
3 * 3 * 3
3 * 3 == 9
9 * 3 == 27
```

**system**#4

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