# What is 3 to the 2^{nd} power?

The exponent of a number shows how many times the number is multiplied by itself.

## Answer: 3 raised to the second power is equal to 3^{2} = 9.

Let us understand this with the help of the following explanation.

**Explanation:**

3 to the 2^{nd} power can be written as 3^{2} = 3 × 3, as 3 is multiplied by itself 2 times.

Here, 3 is the "base" and 2 is the "exponent" or "power."