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## Exponentiating Exponents

#### Introduction

What do we do when the power (exponent) has a power? We simply multiply the exponents together.

#### Terms

**Exponent**- The number of times to multiply the base.

**Base**- The number being multiplied.

## Lesson

We could look at it like this: if we are given $(2^3)^2$, in words that means '2 to the third power, squared'. So if we multiply the exponents together, we get $2^{(3*2)} = 2^6$ or 64 (evaluated).

Here is another example worked out:

$(3^2)^4 = 3^{2*4} = 3^8 = 6561$

## Examples

#### Exponentiating Exponents (Example #1)

$\left(x^2\right)^{5}$

When you have an exponent expression raised to a power, you have to multiply the two exponents

$\left(x^{2}\right)^{5} = x^{(2*5)}$

$x^10$

#### Exponentiating Exponents (Example #2)

$\left(2^4\right)^{3}$

When you have an exponent expression raised to a power, you have to multiply the two exponents

$\left(2^{4}\right)^{3} = 2^{(4*3)}$

$2^12$

#### Exponentiating Exponents (Example #3)

$\left(2^-4\right)^{3}$

When you have an exponent expression raised to a power, you have to multiply the two exponents

$\left(2^{-4}\right)^{3} = 2^{(-4*3)}$

$2^-12$

#### Exponentiating Exponents (Example #4)

$\left(8^6\right)^{5}$

When you have an exponent expression raised to a power, you have to multiply the two exponents

$\left(8^{6}\right)^{5} = 8^{(6*5)}$

$8^30$