Then, if the exponent is a positive integer, the value is 1 multiplied by the base repeatedly, exponent times. If the exponent is a negative integer then it is the reciprocal of the above value.In either case, it is NOT the base multiplied by itself an exponent number of times.
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The exponent indicates the number of times the base is used as a factor.
An exponent is the power that a number is raised to. For instance, in the expression 3^2 ("three squared"), 2 is the "exponent" and 3 is the "base." A positive exponent just means that the power is a positive number. For instance, the following expression does not involve a positive exponent: 3^(-2). Horses rule!!!!!
The base of an exponent is the main number. For example in 56 the number 5 is the base and 6 is the exponent.
The exponential expression a^n is read a to the nth power. In this expression, a is the base and n is the exponent. The number represented by a^n is called the nth power of a.When n is a positive integer, you can interpret a^n as a^n = a x a x ... x a (n factors).
If you have ab then a is the base and b the exponent