# How do I enter a formula

## So you can do power, percent and root calculations in Excel

Most spreadsheets consist of formulas with additions, subtractions, multiplications, and divisions. In some cases, the usual arithmetic functions are not sufficient. For example, this applies when numbers are to be raised to the power of one another. Power or power calculation is a mathematical process in which a number is multiplied several times. In mathematics, a power basically consists of three components:

- Base.
- Exponent.
- Power value (result).

### Using the POTENCE function effectively

To calculate powers in Microsoft Excel, use the POTENTIAL function.

The syntax of the POWER function in Microsoft Excel consists of the following two arguments:

| It basically requires a number that you want to raise to the power of the exponent. |

| The power is the exponent with which you want to raise the number to the power. |

If you do not pass a number to the function with one of the two arguments, POTENCE returns the #VALUE! Error value.

In the workbook shown, the formula in cell C4 has the following structure:

**= POTENTIAL (A4; B4)**

Instead of the table function, you can alternatively use the operator **^** form. For cell C4 in the figure, the formula with the operator has the following structure:

**= A4 ^ B4**

In Excel, operators are symbols that are used in a formula to define the relationship between two or more cell references or between two or more values. You cause Excel to take an action. The operator**^** stands for exponentiation in Excel. Other well-known operators are **%** (Percent) or

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