# Raising a number by a power: eg., squaring a number or cubing it

#### kmc

##### Board Regular
Without using Excel's financial functions where this is already programmed, how do I write a formula to say take a number to the fifth power. For instance, in solving for the present value of a number, the formula is: PV=FV(1+i)n, where n is the power of a number.

So how do I tell Excel to do (1+.05) to the fifth power without having to type: (1+.05)*(1+.05)*(1+.05)*(1+.05)*(1+.05)

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=(1+.05)^5

or

=POWER(1+.05,5)

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=(1+0.05)^5

#### Norie

##### Well-known Member
Use ^, eg =(1+0.05)^5 (=1.276281563).

#### kmc

##### Board Regular
Sweet. Love simplicity. Worked perfectly.

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