# The math of exponent expressions

why would this give me an error?

print(6 ** 2 * 6)

is the same as the expected result

print(6 ** 4)

Hello, @mussussu!

6**2 = 36
36 * 6 = 216

6**4 = 1,296

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and @mussussu what @midlindner says makes sense. In your statement, you basically wrote

``````print(6**3)
``````

which does not equal `6**4`. Now, if you had done `print(6**2*6*6)`, you would have been correct because that is equivalent to saying `6**4`.

Sorry to interject but I think that’s what you were trying to get there

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``````x ** a * x ** b == x ** (a + b)

x ** a / x ** b == x ** (a - b)
``````

https://sciencing.com/10-laws-exponents-7273644.html

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