# Bases, Exponents, Roots, and Logarithms

The following base, exponent, root, and logarithm notation can be entered in Show My Work boxes.

Note: In addition to the keyboard shortcuts listed in this topic, some symbols can be
typed using the keyboard shortcuts for your operating system; for example, you can
press ALT+0247 on Windows to type
÷.

Notation | Keyboard | Button | Notes |
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Exponent |
^ |
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Base or subscript |
_ (underscore) |
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Exponent and subscript of a variable |
You cannot use the keyboard. | ||

Square root |
sqrt(n |
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nth root |
You cannot use the keyboard. | ||

Exponential function |
e^n |
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Natural logarithm |
You cannot use the keyboard. | ||

Power of 10 |
10^n |
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Logarithm (base 10) |
You cannot use the keyboard. | ||

General log |
You cannot use the keyboard. |

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