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What terminology do we use to describe the 1/2 in the expression (1/2)β΅ and the 5 in the expression (1/2)β΅?

What terminology do we use to describe the half in the expression one-half to the fifth power and the five in the expression one-half to the fifth power?

We begin by recalling that an expression of the form π to the πth power is called an exponential expression or the πth power of π. We call π the base of the expression and π the exponent or power. In this question, we have the expression one-half to the fifth power. The one-half is the number that is being taken to a power, and the five is the power itself. We can therefore conclude that in the expression one-half to the fifth power, one-half is called the base of the expression and five is called the exponent of the expression.

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