﻿ POWER function

# 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

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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 A B 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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