Strange character in a formula

Stevek

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In a formula i've been workign on, a colleague has come up with the following:
$K62*((1+(SUM('Tables'!$D$29:$E$29)/365))^(S$4-R$4))-$K62
I'm usually fairly okay on formulas, but i've no idea what the ^ symbol relates to or means. Can anyone advise??
:confused: :confused:
 

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Cbrine

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That is the exponent(I hope I remember my grade 9 math) operator

3^3=3 to the power of 3= 27

3 x 3 x 3

3^4= 3 to the power of 4 = 81

3 x 3 x 3 x 3

Hope this helps.

PS- This operator shows up in the MSExcel help for Excel 97, but it takes you to help screen that doesn't tell you what it does!!!! Gotta love it.
 

Seti

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The ^ character is for rasing numbers to powers so 3^2 would be 3 suqared or 9 and 2^3 would be 2 cubed or 8. You can use 9^.5 to take the square root of 9 and 8^(1/3) would give you the cube root of 8.
 

plettieri

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Hi:

Might be the power value...ie 2^ (2 squared).


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Stevek

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Many thanks for the prompt responses. I was in teh middle of training, and was hoping the Trainee wouldnt ask what the symbol was!! Wishful thinking, but you guys came to my rescue in less than 8 minutes, (which also meant i won a side bet with my trainee on the powers of the internet!) :biggrin: :LOL:
 

Cbrine

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Do we get a share of the cash, 10 bucks divided by 5.

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