I was so confused at first, I didn’t read it correctly until I read your comment. They are asking for 6 quilts EACH! I had overlooked that part and thought all 6 customers wanted 1 quilt a piece, thank you!

Hello folks,

Isn’t clear for me… sorry.

If one quilt there are 36 square, so 6 quilt has (36+36+36+36+36+36) = 216 square.

Why (6**4)?

Where I’m confused?

Tks.

Hello @henriquebuosilopes61, welcome to the forums! The reason it is 6**4 is that there are six people, each wants six quilts, and each quilts has thirty-six squares:

```
6//people
6 * 6//6 quilts per person
6 * 6 * 6 * 6//each quilt has 36 squares, or 6 * 6
```

`6 * 6 * 6 * 6`

is the same thing as `6**4`

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I hope this helps!

Thanks for the clear explanation!

This is really helpful. I couldn’t see where the 4 came from until you helped. Now it’s obvious.

Good Explanation! Thank you

This is helpful, thanks. I think I was thrown by the fact that nowhere in the question does it tell you that the actual patches are 6x6, only that the entire quilt is 6x6.

To answer this question we do not need to know how big the patches are.

```
quilt => 6 patches by 6 patches => 36 patches per quilt
orders => 6 orders of 6 each => 36 orders in all
```

That gives us 36 times 36 total patches needed.

```
36 * 36 => 6 ** 2 * 6 ** 2
```

By exponent law, powers with identical bases, multiplied,

```
a ** m * a ** n => a ** (m + n)
6 ** (2 + 2) => 6 ** 4
```

My thought exactly- though I did 36 ** 2, math is a beautiful thing, various ways to arrive at the same conclusion!

Your answer help me so much!

Thank you sensei!!

Thank you for this amazing explanation. I’m not the greatest when it comes to math so I always need a strong visual explanation when I can’t process it in my head.

6 quilts = 36 * 6 = 216

print(216 * 6)#so 216 per person is 216 and for 6 persons is 216 * 6

(6^2)^2

You’re basically squaring the squaring in this instance

I understand that the principle of the exercise is to teach the syntax basics of using exponents etc. but I found it much easier to simply define the number of people, number of quilts, and the number of squares per quilt as variables and then

print(number_of_quilts * number_of_people * squares_per_quilt)

assuming that finding the # of squares per

quilt is already known and not calculated withing the final equation.

thanks! now I understand

1 quilt = 6 * 6 = 36

6 quilts = 1 quilt * 6 = 36 * 6 = 216

6 quilts for 6 people = (6 quilts * 6) = 216 * 6 = 1296

To get a simplified expression, simplify the answer:

1296 = 6 * 6 * 6 * 6 = 216 * 6 = (6 ** 3) * 6

Therefore: print((6**3) * 6)

Or simpler still, `6 ** 4`

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Thanks, this way made it easier to understand the question!