# I don't understand

Can someone help me to explain how can `6*6*6*6`(?)

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Hi and welcome to the forums. Unfortunately that link doesnât lead to any particular exercise (unless itâs a Pro exercise which I donât have access to). I assume youâre talking about the âLearn Pythonâ course and the first module, âPython Syntaxâ but could you specify which exercise number youâre having trouble with?

Iâm afraid the question doesnât make sense without context. Copying and pasting your code or explaining the exact problem youâre having would help other people answer your question better

One of the moderators just informed me youâre doing a pro course which is why I couldnât access it. My mistake.

If each of your quilts uses 6x6 squares, and youâre making 6 quilts for 6 people then to work out the overall number of squares, you need 6 x 6 x 6 x 6, or 6 to the power of 4. The exponent operator in python (**) means âto the power ofâ so you can work it out with `6**4`

Hope that helps!

But How is it 64 instead 66??

I was also confused at how its not 66 but instead it is 64 . I admit I am terrible at maths, but I wish someone would explain it.

the comments section here doesnât take in the star symbol * between the numbers so it shows as though we typed sixty-six instead of six to the power of six.

If you use the backslash (âescape characterâ) before an âunprintableâ character, it will print.
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`6\*\*2`

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6**2

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ah alright, thanks for the info, will stick to that next time!