In this Excel lesson, you will learn how to use exponents.

## Definition

Exponent means how many times the number will be multiplied by itself. For example, 10^{3} (10 to the 3rd power) equals 10 * 10 * 10, which is 1,000.

The power of exponent in Excel is a caret symbol (SHIFT + 6 keyboard shortcut), which is ^. So you will write 10 to the 3rd power in Excel by 10^3.

## Calculations

To type exponents in Excel, just use caret.

In the cell, you can just write **=10^3**.

Of course, a cell address, such as **=10^A2**, is an option.

Also, **=A1^3** is possible.

And **=A1^A2** as well.

Excel offers the **POWER** function for exponent calculations. Write **=POWER(10,3)** to calculate our example.

You can use the caret or POWER function. Choose the one that you prefer. Maths is much easier with Excel.

Further reading: How to calculate exponential integral