POWER function

Let's say you want to calculate an extremely small tolerance level for a machined part or the vast distance between two galaxies. To raise a number to a power, use the POWER function.


Returns the result of a number raised to a power.


POWER(number, power)

The POWER function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Number    Required. The base number. It can be any real number.

  • Power    Required. The exponent to which the base number is raised.


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.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.



R esult


5 squared.



98.6 raised to the power of 3.2.



4 raised to the power of 5/4.


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