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Python pow() function

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Python pow() function computes the power of a number by raising the first argument to the second argument. This function returns the value of x to the power of y (xy).

pow(x, y, z) 
  • x: It is a number, a base
  • y: It is a number, an exponent.
  • z (optional): It is a number and the modulus.

Python pow() function example

A simple example code finds the value of a number raised to a certain power.

# returns 2^2
print(pow(2, 3))

# returns -2^3
print(pow(-2, 3))

# returns 1/2^3
print(pow(2, -3))

# returns -1/-2^3
print(pow(-2, -3))


Python pow() function

pow() with Modulus

Let’s calculate the value of 4 to the power of 3, modulus 5 (same as (4 * 4 * 4) % 5):

x = pow(4, 3, 5) 


Output: 4

Comment if you have any doubts or suggestions on this Python function topic.

Note: IDE: PyCharm 2021.3.3 (Community Edition)

Windows 10

Python 3.10.1

All Python Examples are in Python 3, so Maybe its different from python 2 or upgraded versions.

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