The product of three to the third power is twenty-seven. This problem can also be represented as three times three times three, as an exponent represents the number of times to multiply the base number by itself.
If a number is positive and is being multiplied by a positive exponent, then it is multiplied by itself the number of times indicated by the exponent. If a negative number is being multiplied by a positive exponent, care must be taken to determine if the exponent is even or odd. An even exponent results in a positive answer, while an odd exponent results in a negative solution.