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# When a number is written in exponential form what is the number that is used as a factor?

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2012-12-05 03:14:30

When we multiply two or more numbers we call them factors, and the result a product. If we multiply the same number a several time, we call it a repeating multiplication, where the factor is the number itself. For example, 5*5*5*5*5*5.

In this multiplication the number 5 (or the factor 5) appears 6 times. We use the exponential form 56 as a short hand to represent this repeated multiplication of 5, and we call the factor 5 the base, and the number of its appearances in the multiplication, 6, the exponent.

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