Zero as an exponent
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Zero as an exponent

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Zero as an exponent 

Notice that [math]3^1[/math] is the product of only one 3, which is evidently 3. Also note that [math]3^5=3\cdot3^4[/math]. Also [math]3^4=3\cdot{3^3}[/math]. Continuing this trend, we should have
Another way of saying this is that when n, m, and n − m are positive (and if x is not equal to zero), one can see by counting the number of occurrences of x that
Extended to the case that n and m are equal, the equation would read
since both the numerator and the denominator are equal. Therefore we take this as the definition of x[math]0[/math]. Therefore we define [math]3^0=1[/math] so that the above equality holds. This leads to the following rule:* Any number to the power 1 is itself. * Any nonzero number to the power 0 is 1; one interpretation of these powers is as empty products. This extract is licensed under the Creative Commons AttributionShareAlike license. It uses material from the article "Exponentiation#Exponents one and zero", retrieved 19 Jan 2009. 
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