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Ten to Any Power

This tip can save you a lot of time: Ten to any power is simply the number 1 followed by a number of zeros indicated by the exponent. An example is shown below.

105
100,000

Note that the result is a one followed by five zeros because the exponent on 10 was 5.

Reading Exponents

In general, a problem such as

510

is read as "Five to the tenth power."

Special Cases for Reading Exponents

Certain exponents have special ways of being pronounced. These make it a little easier to say, but it is not necessary that you use them.

  • The Second Power: 32 - may be read as either "Three to the second power," or "Three squared."
  • The Third Power: 103 - may be read as either "Ten to the third power," or "10 cubed."

The next page lists some resources for exponents.


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