Introduction

All high-level programming languages include mathematical operations. Math helps create models, simulations, and calculation-based applications. One crucial operation is raising a number to a power or exponentiation.

Powers are a quicker way to write iterative multiplication. Python offers two ways to calculate the power of a number.

**This guide shows how to use the power operator and function in Python with examples.**

Prerequisites

- Python version 3 installed.
- A code editor to write the code.
- An IDE or terminal to run and test the code examples.

## Python Power pow() Function Syntax

The power function is a built-in method for calculating powers and modulo (division remainder). The method performs a different calculation depending on the number of variables provided.

The syntax for the command is:

`pow(base, exponent, modulo)`

The function takes two or three arguments. When used with two arguments, the method calculates an exponential expression. For example:

`pow(base, exponent)`

The function outputs the operation result of the ** base** value to the power of the

**value.**

`exponent`

### Python Power pow() Example

To use the Python ** pow()** function, provide two values directly or through variable reference. The example below demonstrates how the use the

**function:**

`pow()`

```
print(pow(2, 3))
print(pow(5, 2))
base = 10
power = 2
print(print(pow(base, power)))
```

Each line does the following:

- The expression in line 1 calculates
to the power of`2`

, which is equivalent to`3`

.`2*2*2`

- The second expression in line 2 calculates
to the power of`5`

, which is the same as`2`

.`5*5`

- The final expression in line 5 calculates
to the power of`10`

using variables from lines 2-3.`2`

The program prints the calculated result of all three operations.

## Python Power ** Operator Syntax

The ** **** operator is a built-in operator for calculating powers in Python. The syntax for the operator is:

`base**exponent`

The operator calculates the exponential expression directly and outputs the result.

**Note:** The ** **** operator works in the same way as the

**method.**

`pow()`

### Python Power Operator Example

Use the Python power operator directly on two numbers or variables. For example:

```
print(2**3)
print(5**2)
base = 10
power = 2
print(base**power)
```

Each line performs a different exponential operation using the ** **** operator. The program prints the result for each power operation to the console.

Conclusion

After reading this guide, you know two ways to perform exponentiation in Python: the ** pow()** method or the

**power operator.**

`**`

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