# How many squares for 6 people who want 6 quilts of 6x6 squares?

Q). Since each person is requesting 6 quilts, we’ll need `6 * 6 * 6 * 6` squares. Can you think of a way to express that as an exponent?

One quilt is 6x6=36
so 6 quilts for 6 people would be 36*6= 216
why is there an extra times 6 for the answer 1296?

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6 quilts for 6 people is 36 quilts
if each quilt is 36 squares, then the total is 36 * 36 squares

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One quilt is 36 squares
6 people want a quilt
All 6 people want 6 quilts

36 * 6 * 6 = answer to the question

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This answer gave me a clear understanding of the question. Thanks

@coro121 this makes much more sense to me now thanks!

I had same mind set and now makes sence thanks

So I would like to know when it is asking “Your 6x6 quilts have taken off so well, 6 people have each requested 6 quilts. Print out how many tiles you would need to make 6 quilts apiece for 6 people.”

why is the answer: print (6 ** 4) and not (6 ** 6)? i am a little confused because isn’t there 6 people asking for quilts so shouldn’t the answer be greater than 1296?

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Six people want six quilts each. That’s `6 * 6`; or, 36 quilts.

Each quilt has six by six patches. That’s `6 * 6` patches; or, 36 patches per quilt.

36 quilts times 36 patches per quilt gives `36 * 36` patches in total.

``````> 36 * 36
= 6 * 6 * 6 * 6
= 6 ** 4``````
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I understand all code except for when it comes to the math

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so the answer is 1296? I am confuse too.

So exponents might be new to you?

``````6 ** 4
6 * 6 * 6 * 6
1296
``````

Repeated multiplication by the same factor is exponentiation. Count the sixes, and that’s the exponent.

If 6 people want 6 each has 36" so, my logic was 36 ** 2 I got the same result, but I just want to confirm if my logic was right. Trying to remember basic math concepts, I dont use very often.

Thanks.

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Yes, you have it right.

``````6 * 6 * 6 *6

(6 * 6) * (6 * 6)

36 * 36
``````

Put another way,

``````6 * 6 * 6 * 6

6 ** 4  =>  6 ** 2 * 6 ** 2  =>  36 ** 2``````
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Yes! Finally I understand lol

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Thanks for your help. I understand better the result.

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Thank you Jesus. I was confused. the following answers didn’t help at all. Your the man. i love our informative answers!!

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I got the answer correct, but I don’t understand why the lesson was explaining exponents when the answer didn’t require the use of an exponent ( ** )?

``````6 X 6          =>  6 ** 2    # squares in one quilt

6 X 6 X 6      =>  6 ** 3    # squares in six quilts

6 X 6 X 6 X 6  =>  6 ** 4    # squares in 36 quilts``````
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it can help to draw a picture so you can visualize, since there are 6 people we will write 1-6 and “Q” will represent each quilt or product we are making for them.

1. Q Q Q Q Q Q
2. Q Q Q Q Q Q
3. Q Q Q Q Q Q
4. Q Q Q Q Q Q
5. Q Q Q Q Q Q
6. Q Q Q Q Q Q

Each “Q” or quilt is 6 x6 so 36 squares.
In my program I did it as the following:
print (6 ** 2 * 6 * 6)

This way I can make changes incase more people want quilts or maybe each person wants 7 quilts. But you can also do it as print (6 **4)

I tried
print (6 ** 4)
print (36 * 6 * 6)
print (6 * 6 * 6 * 6)

but nothing gets me the completed mark to the right. What am I doing wrong?