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Exponents - Learn About Raising Powers To a Power

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Explanation Of Raising Powers To A Power


Before we move forward and learn about Raising Powers To A Power be sure you understand the basics. Recommended reading: Exponents.
  • An abstract example of raising exponents to a power is the following: (BaseExponent)Raised Power Exponent. Real example: (22)2 = 22 * 2 = 24.
  • There is no way to combine the sum of two powers with the same base into one expression: 32 + 34 can not be combined or simplified more. The answer is simply the sum: 9 + 81 = 90.
  • There is no way to combine the difference of two powers with the same base into one expression: 25 - 22 can not be combined or simplified more.The answer is simply the difference: 25 - 4 = 21.

Syntax Example

Expression Can Be Simplified?


Math Expression


Answer


Yes (22)3 22 * 3 = 26
No 47 - 43 47 - 43
No 33 + 33 33 + 33
Yes (55)-2 55 * -2 = 5-10