## power (mathematics)"Power" is a word that is almost never used in its correct, original sense any more. Strictly speaking, if we write 8 = 2 ^{3}, then 2 is the base,
3 is the exponent, and 8 is the power.
But almost everyone, including most mathematicians, would say that 3 is
the power, and that "power" and "exponent" mean the same thing. The misuse
has probably come about from a misunderstanding of statements such "eight
is the third power of two." ## Related category• MATHEMATICAL TERMINOLOGY | |||||

Home • About • Copyright © The Worlds of David Darling • Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy • Contact |