would define a rational exponent as the power raised for any given rational number, when the number is in the form p/q and when q is not equal to zero. The numerator is the number on top, in which the rational number is raised to, the denominator is the bottom number and is the degree of root for the number. For instance, for the number 3 1/2, 1/2 is the rational exponent, with 1 being the the number its raised to and 2 being the root. I do believe there is such a thing as an irrational exponent, an example being when a number's power is raised to pi, or 3.14159.

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