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 Question from Jaqui, a student: May sound super easy, but how would you SHOW that you simplified 3x3 to the power of 2 (the little 2)? thank you! Jaqui

Hi Jaqui,

The mathematical notation $3^2$ is just a shorthand way of saying $3 \times 3.$ It is a convention that is used by mathematicians and there is nothing to show.

Penny

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