Python Exponentiation Operator

Exponentiation Operator

Python Exponentiation Operator takes two operands, one on the left and other on the right, and computes the power of left operand (base) raised to the right operand (exponent).

The symbol used for Python Exponentiation operator is **.

Syntax

Following is the syntax of Exponentiation Operator in Python.

result = operand_1 ** operand_2

where operand_1 and operand_2 are numbers and the result is the operand_1 raised to the exponent of operand_2.

Example 1: Exponentiation of Integers

In this example, we shall take two integers, find the power of the first integer raised to the exponent of another, and print the result.

Python Program

a = 14
b = 5

result = a ** b
print('Result :', result)
Run

Output

Result : 537824

Now, let us take negative exponent and find the result.

Python Program

a = 14
b = -5

result = a ** b
print('Result :', result)
Run

Output

Result : 1.8593443208187064e-06

Example 2: Exponentiation of Floating Point Numbers

We can compute the exponent for floating point numbers. In the following example, we initialize two floating point numbers, and find the exponent.

Python Program

a = 3.14
b = 4.1

result = a ** b
print('Result :', result)
Run

Output

Result : 108.99625018584567

Summary

In this tutorial of Python Examples, we learned what Python Exponentiation Operator is, how to use it to find the power of a base number raised to the exponent.