Excel: Use the ^ Sign for Exponents

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Problem: I have a room that is 10 feet x 10 feet x 10 feet. How do I find the volume of the cube?

Strategy: The formula for volume is width x length x height. In this case, it is 10 x 10 x 10, or 103. In Excel, the caret symbol (also known as "œthe little hat," or "œthe symbol when you press Shift 6") is used to indicate exponents. Here's how you use it to find the volume of your room:

  1. In cell B2, enter 10.
  2. In cell B3, enter the formula =B2^3.

The result will be 1,000 cubic feet of volume in the room.

  1. The caret raises a number to a power.

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