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Exponents | Negative and Positive Exponents

__Exponents__

**exponent**of a number says

**how many times**to use the number in a multiplication.

In **8 ^{2}** the "2" says to use 8 twice in a multiplication,

so

**8**

^{2}= 8 × 8 = 64In words: 8^{2} could be called "8 to the power 2" or "8 to the second power", or simply "8 squared"

*Exponents are also called Powers or Indices.*

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