# Strange character in a formula

#### Stevek

##### New Member
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??

### Excel Facts

Is there a shortcut key for strikethrough?
Ctrl+S is used for Save. Ctrl+5 is used for Strikethrough. Why Ctrl+5? When you use hashmarks to count |||| is 4, strike through to mean 5.

#### jcvoth

##### Board Regular
It is the power notation.

e.g.
2^2 = 4
3^2 = 9

etc.

#### Cbrine

##### Well-known Member
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

##### Well-known Member
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

##### Well-known Member

Hi:

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

plettieri

#### Stevek

##### New Member
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!)

#### Cbrine

##### Well-known Member
Do we get a share of the cash, 10 bucks divided by 5.

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