Why do some people use the exclusive-or symbol to denote raising a number to a power?


As in writing "x^2" to mean x squared. In computing, ^ represents the EOR operation. Raising to powers is represented by a double star, like x**2.

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  • 3 years ago

    I think the ^ symbol is used in some programming language for exponents, although I don't know specifically which one(s).

    To me, the ^ is more intuitive than ** as a symbol for exponentiation though, which is likely why the ^ symbol has caught on. I personally had never seen the ** notation until now.

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