John Whitaker

05-13-2006, 07:02 PM

Continuing from yesterday's "A Question on Powers (http://www.freemathhelp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14540)"

PKA & Denis were kind enough to help with this, and I thought I had it; but I was wrong. I should have used a smaller exponent that my calculator can handle. I could not follow:

(13)^23 = (13)^22+1 = (13)(13)^22 = (13)(13^2)^11 = (13)(169)^11...

Also puzzling was:

(13)^23 = (13)(169)^11 = (13)(169)(28561)^5 = (13)(169)(28561)(815730721)^2

started to make sense to me, but I lost it. I figured the first exponent "11" came from (13)(13^2), but I can't figure how the exponent "5" comes into play.

I really need to know this and appreciate the patience that has been shown to me.

John

PKA & Denis were kind enough to help with this, and I thought I had it; but I was wrong. I should have used a smaller exponent that my calculator can handle. I could not follow:

(13)^23 = (13)^22+1 = (13)(13)^22 = (13)(13^2)^11 = (13)(169)^11...

Also puzzling was:

(13)^23 = (13)(169)^11 = (13)(169)(28561)^5 = (13)(169)(28561)(815730721)^2

started to make sense to me, but I lost it. I figured the first exponent "11" came from (13)(13^2), but I can't figure how the exponent "5" comes into play.

I really need to know this and appreciate the patience that has been shown to me.

John