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#25582 - 03/16/03 01:50 AM Why X to the power of 0 always equals 1
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Mathematicians *define* x^0 = 1 in order to make the laws of exponents work even when the exponents can no longer be thought of as repeated multiplication. For example, (x^3)(x^5) = x^8 because you can add exponents. In the same way (x^0)(x^2) should be equal to x^2 by adding exponents. But that means that x^0 must be 1 because when you multiply x^2 by it, the result is still x^2. Only x^0 = 1 makes sense here.


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#25583 - 03/16/03 01:54 AM Re: Why X to the power of 0 always equals 1
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thanx,
your're the fourth person Iv asked and the first person capable of answering,


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#25584 - 03/16/03 08:59 AM Re: Why X to the power of 0 always equals 1
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#25585 - 03/16/03 10:32 AM Re: Why X to the power of 0 always equals 1
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