# Positive Exponents and Zero Exponents

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### Positive Exponents - Repeated Multiplication

The notation an for n > 0, means a multiplied by itself n times.

For example,

For a quantity an, a is called the base and n is called the exponent or index.

Example:

Find the value of each of the following:

Solution:

### Zero Exponents

Any number with an exponent of 0 is 1.

So, a0 = 1, for a ≠ 0

Example:

Simplify the following:

a) 30
b) (-1)0

Solution:

a) 30 = 1
b) (–1)0 = 1

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