The exponent form of 6 x 6 x 6 is 63. There are two parts to exponent notation:
1. the base and
2. the exponent.
The base tells you what number is being multiplied and the exponent tells you how many times this number is used as a factor. In the above example the base is 6 and the exponent is 3.
When the exponent is 3 the result is called the cube. You also have an x3 button on your calculator to speed up cubing. Find it and use it.
Finding the Cube root
Find out where the
button is on your calculator and whether it is a second function (2ndF) or not. Find it and use it. See the practice problems.
Get a $20-or-so dual-display scientific calculator, even if you can`t take it with you into the exam hall. A calculator is also a learning tool, Technology Use is one of the 9 Essential Skills you can`t do without. Trying out different functions on a calculator will further your understanding and help with building a bigger mental picture. It builds links between numbers and algebra. It is important to try alternative calculations or approaches, to sketch & label angles, tracking changes to units of measure, visualizing to cross-link the concepts of volume and numbers.