How do you use the POWER function to raise a number to a specified power?
###### Posted by FrankMl
Last Updated: July 17, 2024
The POWER function is used in various spreadsheet software (like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, etc.) to raise a number (the base) to a specified exponent (the power). The syntax for the POWER function is as follows:
POWER(number, power)
- number: This is the base number that you want to raise. - power: This is the exponent to which you want to raise the base number.
###### Example:
If you want to calculate $$2^3$$ (which is 2 raised to the power of 3), you would use the following formula:
=POWER(2, 3)
This would return 8, since $$2^3 = 2 \times 2 \times 2 = 8$$. You can also use cell references instead of numbers. For instance, if you have the number 5 in cell A1 and you want to raise it to the power of 4, you would write:
=POWER(A1, 4)
This will yield 625, since $$5^4 = 625$$.
###### Note:
If you are using a programming language or a calculator, the method to calculate power might be slightly different, such as using the exponentiation operator (**) in Python, for example. Always refer to the specific documentation of the software or language you're using for accurate syntax.
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