How to do exponents in Google Sheets

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Google Sheets is a great tool for calculations and provides many functions and operators for basic mathematical operations. When you need to find the exponent of a number in Google Sheets, there are 2 ways in which this can be done:

  1. Using the caret (^) operator
  2. Using the POWER() function which returns a number raised to the exponent:
    1. Syntax: POWER(number, exponent)
      1. number: the number to be raised
      2. exponent: the power to which the number is to be raised

Option 1 – Use the caret (^) operator

Step 1 – Create the formula

  • Select the destination cell
  • Type the formula using cell references:

=A^Exponent

  • Press Enter

Step 2 – Copy the formula

  • Using the fill handle from the first cell, drag the formula to the remaining cells

OR

  1. Select the cell with the formula and press Ctrl+C or choose Copy from the context menu (right-click)
  2. Select the rest of the cells in the column and press Ctrl+V or choose Paste from the context menu (right-click)

Option 2 – Use the POWER() function

Step 1 – Create the formula

  • Select the destination cell
  • Type the formula using cell references:

=POWER(A,Exponent)

  • Press Enter

Step 2 – Copy the formula

  • Using the fill handle from the first cell, drag the formula to the remaining cells

OR

  1. Select the cell with the formula and press Ctrl+C or choose Copy from the context menu (right-click)
  2. Select the rest of the cells in the column and press Ctrl+V or choose Paste from the context menu (right-click)

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