POWER function

Returns the result of a number raised to a power.

Syntax

POWER(number,power)

Number     is the base number. It can be any real number.

Power     is the exponent to which the base number is raised.

Remark

The "^" operator can be used instead of POWER to indicate to what power the base number is to be raised, such as in 5^2.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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Formula

Description (Result)

=POWER(5,2)

5 squared (25)

=POWER(98.6,3.2)

98.6 raised to the power of 3.2 (2401077)

=POWER(4,5/4)

4 raised to the power of 5/4 (5.656854)

Applies To: Excel 2007



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