Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321726391
ISBN 13: 978-0-32172-639-1

Chapter 5 - Section 5.1 - Exponents - Vocabulary and Readiness Check: 11


Base: $x$ Exponent: 2

Work Step by Step

We know that an exponential expression is in the form $a^{n}$ (where $a$ is the base and $n$ is the exponent). Therefore, the expression $5x^{2}$ has a base of x and an exponent of 2. Since the 5 is not in parentheses with the $x$, we know that the exponent is only applied to the $x$.
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