The term **exponent** It has different uses and meanings. By exponent can be understood a person, a thing or a number that *exposes*; In the first two cases, exposing is a verb that does **reference** to present something, to make it known, while the mathematical concept is related to empowerment. Let's look at some example sentences: *"Your uncle is the exponent who exemplifies how a person, with a little luck, can reach the top"*, *"This liquid will be the exponent of how heat can alter the state of a substance"*, *"To solve the product of a series of powers with the same base, it is possible to add their exponents and make a single power"*.

An exponent is, on the other hand, a **prototype** , the model of a virtue or quality. It is a thing or a person representative of the most characteristic of some **group** : *“The mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is the best exponent of the Italian voice”*, *“The exponent of tango was, is and will be Carlos Gardel”, “The Eiffel Tower is a faithful exponent of French architecture”*.

In the field of mathematics, it is known as **empowerment** to the operation that involves a series of multiplications of a given number a certain number of times; the first component is called base and is represented by the letter *to*, while the second one is called exponent and is written as a *n*. In this case, an exponent is an algebraic expression or a simple **number** which denotes the **power** to which another expression or another number (the base) must be raised.

The exponent must be placed in the upper right part of the **element** that you want to raise. The way to read an operation of this type is "*a raised to n*", although it can also be said"*to raised to the n*"On the other hand, it is important to note that in the case of exponents

**2**and

**3**, the correct readings are "

*to elevated*" and "

**squared***to elevated*", respectively.

**cubed**Empowerment often creates confusion for people outside the **mathematics**, but it is a very simple operation, since it is based on multiplication, which, in turn, starts from the sum. If we take the example **2 raised to the cube** (that is, to the third power), the steps to follow are the following: multiply to 2 by itself and, then, the result by two; this gives us **8**. Why have we performed two steps if the exponent is 3? Actually, 3 steps have taken place, but 4.

Since our exponent (3) is a **Natural number**, that is, it belongs to the set of numbers that we use to count things in the real world, indicates the number of times the base (2) will appear in a **multiplication** Where will be the only factor. In this way, **2 raised to the cube** becomes **2 x 2 x 2**, which results **8**. From this new representation it can be deduced that **2 raised to 1** is **2**, and the same happens in all cases.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that any number other than **0** which is elevated to **0** results **1** . Instead, **0** raised to **0** It is a particular case that is undefined.

As mentioned in previous paragraphs, if you want to multiply powers that have the same base, it is possible to perform **sum** of its exponents and convert the expression into a single power; for example: **2 raised to 4 + 2 raised to the cube** can be transformed into **2 raised to 7**. When you have a power of another, as it would be **(2 raised to 6) raised to 7**, can be simplified by multiplying both exponents (6 x 7) and performing a single operation, which would leave us **2 raised to 42**.