I've been reading about Exponents, and I was wondering if there is a shorter way to do this same calculation, below:
24 = 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 = 16
I keep seeing what seems to me a pattern in this, and other examples. The pattern I keep seeing (maybe it's a coincidence?), is that they always seem to only multiply the base number by the base number, until it reaches the same value that you would reach if you just multiplied the exponent by itself, just once.
What I mean is, can we not just do it this way instead? 24 = 4 * 4 = 16
I.e. Instead of multiplying the base by the base a billion times, we just multiply the exponent by itself, once.
And how do we calculate the power of using just the Windows calculator?