Base of an exponent - Definition and examples

The base of an exponent is a number that is raised to a certain power. 

Base of an exponent

In 152, 15 is the base and 2 is the exponent. You can read 152 as 15 raised to the power of 2.

To get an answer for 152, you can just multiply 15 by itself.

152 = 15 × 15

Other examples

In 46 , 4 is the base

In 13 , 1 is the base

In (-9)6 , -9 is the base


In -96 , -9 is not the base. 9 is the base

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