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In this section, we learn how to write the repeated multiplication of the same whole number using exponents.
Exponents are a huge notational shortcut. Using exponents, we can write the operation: 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 as: 2

^{6}. Specifically when we deal with whole numbers and exponents are involved: the larger number is known as the base. The base is the number that is multiplied by itself. The smaller number that lies on top of the base is known as the exponent. The exponent tells us how many times the base is multiplied by itself.