# Practice With Arithmetic Operators

## 7. Power

The `**`

operator in Python is used to raise the number on the left to the power of the exponent of the right. That is, in the expression `5 ** 3`

, 5 is being raised to the 3rd
power. In mathematics, we often see this expression rendered as 5³, and what is really going on is 5 is being multiplied by itself 3 times. In Python, we would get the same result of `125`

by running either
`5 ** 3`

or `5 * 5 * 5`

.

Let's look at an example with variables:

s = 52.25 t = 7 print(s ** t)

Output:

1063173305051.292

Raising the float `52.25`

to the power of `7`

through the `**`

operator results in a large float value returned.