Base (Algebra)

Pronunciation: /beɪs/ Explain
  1. In algebra, a base is a number or variable that is raised to a power in exponents and logarithms.[2] In the exponential expression bx, b is the base and x is the exponent.

    In the logarithmic expression logbx, the base is b.

  2. In base n numbering systems, the base of the system is the number that is represented by the digits 10.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, base. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 24. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. base. Encyclopedia Britannica. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 6/19/2018. Buy the book
  3. Fischer, George Egbert, Ph.D. and Schwatt, Isaac J., Ph.D.. Rudiments of Algebra. pg 35. Fischer and Schwatt. 1901. Last Accessed 6/19/2018. Buy the book
  4. Jones, Burton. Elementary Concepts of Mathematics. pp 42-51. MacMillan and Company. 1947. Last Accessed 6/19/2018. Buy the book

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