How to Make Exponents in Google Docs

Are you a Mathematics Enthusiast or do you just need it to pass a course? Not to worry as this article gives you a basic insight on how to make Exponents in word documents?

How to Make Exponents in Google Docs
How to Make Exponents in Google Docs

What is an Exponent?

An exponent implies the number of times a number which is the base is used as a factor, simply it refers to the number of times the base is multiplied by itself. It always looks like this; 24, 43, 71, 90, etc. In mathematical expressions, exponents could also be referred to as index or power. There are also special exponents, these exponents are considered special since they are used so often, an example such exponents are 22; this means 2-squared, another example is 33; which means 3 cubed.

There are various rules guiding exponents; they include

  • The 0 rule; this rule states that anything or any number raised to the power of zero will always equal 1.
  • The 1 rule; This rule states that anything or any number raised to the power of 1 will be that number itself; i.e 2^1 will remain 2.
  • The Product Rule; This rule explains that when multiplying two or more exponents that have the same base, it is easier to just add the exponents. A typical example is seen in 23*24= 27
  • The Power Rule; In this rule, it is stated that to raise a power to another power, it is advised to simply multiply both powers. Typical example is seen in (65)4= 65*4= 620.

Importance of Exponents

  • Exponents are used in various disciplines such as Engineering, Computer Game, Physics, Economics, Accounting, etc
  • When growth is recorded to be exponential, it has unique applications in biology, finance, demographic studies, etc.
  • Exponential decay of an object or matter is usually Radioactivity, Light, sound, etc

Exponents are used in mathematics as shorthand to save time during calculations and are one of the basic methods of representing multiplication calculations. They are always written to the write of the base number and are always superscripted. 

This article will put you through on how to input exponents in your Google docs with ease, the following steps will outline the routine methods and steps on how to perform this operation.

Using the Superscript Tool

This is used If you’re just looking to add that exponent feel to your document and you are not actually performing any calculation. In this method you just want it to look like “34 ” and you’re not expecting any calculation to be done on what is written. 

This can be achieved by simply first selecting the text you want to be displayed as superscript, then select Format > Text > Superscript or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL +.

How to Make Exponents in Google Docs
How to Make Exponents in Google Docs

Use the special Character Tool

This method can be used if you do not get the first method stated above to work. The special character tool can be used by moving the cursor to Insert> Special Characters> Search “Superscript”.

How to Make Exponents in Google Docs
How to Make Exponents in Google Docs

Conclusion

We hope this article has settled any problems you have concerning how to make exponents in Google Docs, for additional information or any questions, please comment below.