Exponentiation Calculator

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The Exponentiation Calculator will calculate:

  1. The power of a number
  2. The power of a number by rounding the result to the correct number of significant figures
  3. The power of a number by rounding the result to the correct number of decimal places

Exponentiation Calculator Parameters:

Exponentiation Calculator
Exponentiation Calculator Results (detailed calculations and formula below)
Result of exponentiation
Result of exponentiation to significant figures
Result of exponentiation rounded to decimal places
Exponentiation Calculator Input Values
Base of exponentiation (b) =
Exponent (n) =

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Theoretical description

Exponentiation is a mathematical operation, written as bn, involving two numbers, the base b and the exponent or power n, and pronounced as "b raised to the power of n". It represents a repeated multiplication of b × b × b × by n times. For example, 34 = 81 because 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 81.

When the exponent n is negative, the result of exponentiation is usually small as the following property of exponentiation is applied:

b-n = 1/bn

Example 1

5-3 = 1/53 = 1/125 = 0.008

In exponentiation, the base is considered as known and accurately measured. In the case when base is an irrational number such as any irrational square root (√2, √3, √5 etc.), we can apply the following property of exponentiation

ba∙x = (ba)n

to remove the square root from the expression, in order to obtain a finite and exact base. Thus, we obtain

bn = (b2 )n/2

Example 2


we can write this exponentiation as

[(√2)2 ]13/2 = 26.5 = 90.50966799

Obviously, this result must be rounded in some way. In chemistry, exponentiation (bn) only rounds by the significant figures in the base. Thus, the above result is written in 1 s.f. by rounding it as 90. This is because despite the number being closer to 91, we round it to 90 to express the result to 1 s.f. as the base (2) has only 1 s.f.

Example 3

(√278)2.3 = [(√278)2 ]2.3/2 = 2781.15 = 646.62354666057

In this case, we have to write the result in 3 s.f. because the base contain 3 s.f: 2, 7 and 8. Therefore, the result of operation (based on the rounding rules) is 647.

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