How to Use the Power Function on a Calculator

Scientific calculators possess a number of functions that aren't usually found on standard calculators. One such function is the "Power" button. This button allows you to raise a number to a certain exponential value in a few keystrokes. This is much quicker and easier than using a standard calculator to multiply the number by itself multiple times.

Enter a number in the scientific calculator.

Press the "Power" button, which is marked with a ^ symbol.


Key in the value of the exponent.

Read the display for the answer. For instance, if you want to find the result of 9 to the third power (or "9 cubed"), press 9 followed by ^ and 3. The display should read 729.