Kendall T. answered • 01/23/13

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Hi Lindsey! I see that Jessica answered your question, but I thought that I would help explain the laws of exponents a little more for you. It might help you in your future studies.

Using an exponent just saves you the time of writing out lots of multiples. In your example, 6^2=6×6

You can also solve problems involving exponents on a graphing calculator by entering the base, followed by the caret key ^, enter the power, and then press enter. In your case, you would enter it into your calculator like this, 6^2.

For future reference, just remember

The exponent tells you how many times you need to multiply the number

And if you see a negative exponent, it just means to divide 1 by the number, because the opposite of multiplying is dividing (for example, if you had 6^(-2), it would look like this, 6^(-2)= 1 ÷ 6 ÷ 6=0.027778 or enter it into your graphing calculator like so, 6^+/-2 You may have a +/- button or just a – button. Remember, this is not the subtract button!

I hope this was useful! Good luck!

Jhetta S.

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