## Purpose

## Return value

## Syntax

`=POWER(number,power)`

*number*- Number to raise to a power.*power*- Power to raise number to (the exponent).

## How to use

The POWER function returns a number raised to a given power. POWER is an alternative to the exponent operator (^) in a math equation.

The POWER function takes two arguments: *number* and *power*. *Number* should be a numeric value, provided as a hardcoded constant or as a cell reference. The *power* argument functions as the exponent, indicating the power to which *number* should be raised.

### Examples

To raise 2 to the 3rd power, you can use POWER like this:

```
=POWER(2,3) // returns 8
```

To raise 2 to the 8th power:

```
=POWER(2,8) // returns 256
```

To cube the value in cell A1:

```
=POWER(A1,3) // cube A1
```

### Fractional exponents

To use the power function with a fractional exponent, enter the fraction directly as the *power* argument:

```
=POWER(27,1/3) // returns 3
=POWER(81,1/4) // returns 3
=POWER(256,1/8) // returns 2
```

### Exponent operator

In Excel, exponentiation can also be handled with the exponent (^) operator, so:

```
=2^2=POWER(2,2)=4
=2^3=POWER(2,3)=8
=2^4=POWER(2,4)=16
```