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# What is an exponent in standard form?

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The standard form of an exponent is how people see numbers normally. For example, five to the sixth power is in exponent form, and the standard form of this exponent is 15,625.

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Exponents also come in an expanded form. When the exponent form is five to the sixth power and the standard form is 15,625, the expanded form is 5x5x5x5x5x5. An exponent tells those performing math calculations how many times the base is a factor, or how many times to multiply the base by itself. In the example of five to the sixth power, the five is the base number. The sixth power, or six, is the exponent.

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A negative number in parentheses followed by an exponent indicates that the negative number is to be raised to the power indicated by the exponent. For example, (-3)^2 is the same as (-3) x (-3), which equals 9.

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The distributive property of exponents is a mathematical rule that applies to an exponent that acts on a term that is within parentheses. It says that if there is a single term in the base, such as "3x," and it is raised to a certain power, like "(3x)^6," the exponent applies to all parts of the term, in this case to both the three and the "x."

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An exponent is a shorthand way of showing how many times to multiply a number by itself. The number 9 with a small raised 3 on its upper right, also commonly expressed as 9^3, represents the base of 9 to the 3rd power, for instance; the raised 3 is the exponent. Simplify multiplication of two exponents with the same base number using exponent addition.