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Question from charlotte, a student:

what is the exponential form of 6x6x6x5x5x5x5=

Mathematically, there is no such thing as "the" exponential form; there are several. If your teacher has a particular one in mind you will have to find out which!

The most obvious answers are 63 × 54 and 23 × 33 × 54. But you should not think of exponentials as a form that expressions are either in or not; it is a flexible notation that can be manipulated.

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