Example 1: Calculate power of a number using a while loop
base = 3 exponent = 4 result = 1 while exponent != 0: result *= base exponent-=1 print("Answer = " + str(result))
Answer = 81
In this program,
exponent are assigned values 3 and 4 respectively.
Using the while loop, we keep on multiplying the
base until the
exponent becomes zero.
In this case, we multiply
result by base 4 times in total, so
result = 1 * 3 * 3 * 3 * 3 = 81.
Example 2: Calculate power of a number using a for loop
base = 3 exponent = 4 result = 1 for exponent in range(exponent, 0, -1): result *= base print("Answer = " + str(result))
Answer = 81
Here, instead of using a while loop, we've used a for loop.
After each iteration, the exponent is decremented by 1, and the result is multiplied by the base exponent number of times.
Both programs above do not work if you have a negative exponent. For that, you need to use the
pow() function in the Python library.
Example 3: Calculate the power of a number using pow() function
base = 3 exponent = -4 result = pow(base, exponent) print("Answer = " + str(result))
Answer = 0.012345679012345678
pow() accepts two arguments: base and exponent. In the above example, 3 raised to the power -4 is calculated using