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# Power operator in Python Educative Answers Team

Python has a number of basic operators including some arithmetic operators.

An arithmetic operator takes numerical values as an input and returns a single numerical value, manipulating the input values in a certain way as directed by the operator.

## Power (exponent) operator

One important basic arithmetic operator, in Python, is the exponent operator. It takes in two real numbers as input arguments and returns a single number.

The operator that can be used to perform the exponent arithmetic in Python is **.

Given two real number operands, one on each side of the operator, it performs the exponential calculation (2**5 translates to 2*2*2*2*2). Note: Exponent operator ** in Python works in the same way as the pow(a, b) function.

## Examples

Here are some examples that show how to use the ** operator:

print('2**5 evaluates to: ', 2**5)

print('1**13 evaluates to: ', 1.1**13)

print('32**2 evaluates to: ' , 32**2.2)

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