# Microsoft calculator

1. Nov 3, 2006

### Singularis

When you use Microsofts calculator's Exp function it does not raise the number you enter exponenently it requestions another number and then does this

result = firstnumber * 10^second number

What is it doing?

2. Nov 3, 2006

### sstone

Well if you want to calculate for instance $$2^5$$ you should use the $$x^y$$ function not the Exp function, the Exp function calculates $$2 \cdot 10^5$$.

I hope that I understood what you meant.

3. Nov 3, 2006

### Singularis

Thanks for replying...
Is the Exp an exponention function? and is it to do with E?

4. Nov 3, 2006

### sstone

Well this E stands for $$\cdot 10^{2nd nr.}$$, for example, 2E5 is the same as $$2 \cdot 10^5$$. So it is for multiply the first number with 10 to the power of the second number(after the E).

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