Squared Symbol (Superscript Two)

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Squared Symbol
Also known as Superscript Two, this symbol is commonly used in mathematics, science, and engineering to indicate the squaring of a number or variable.

What is the Squared Symbol?

The Squared Symbol, represented by ², is primarily used in mathematics, science, and engineering to denote the square of a number or variable.

Formula and Calculations Involving the Squared Symbol

The Squared Symbol (²) is used to signify the squaring operation in mathematics, which involves multiplying a number by itself. The formula to represent squaring is:

x² = x × x

Examples of Using the Squared Symbol:

  • For the number 2: 2² = 2 × 2 = 4
  • For the number 5: 5² = 5 × 5 = 25

Alternative Methods to Represent the Squared Symbol

In addition to traditional methods, there are alternative ways to represent the Squared Symbol in Google Sheets, Excel, and Google Search:

  • Google Sheets and Excel: You can use ^2 in formulas to indicate squaring. For example, 3^2 = 9.
  • Google Search: If you're trying to use the ² symbol in a Google search, you can simply type "squared" or use "^2" to represent the concept. For example, searching for 3^2 will yield results related to the square of 3.
  • Spotlight (Mac): You can use ^2 to perform square calculations directly in the search bar. For example, typing 3^2 will display the result as 9.

Applications and Unique Uses of the Squared Symbol

The Squared Symbol (²) has various applications and unique uses:

  • Mathematics: Indicates the square of a number or variable.
  • Science: Used in formulas, such as (E = mc²), to denote squared terms.
  • Units: Used in unit descriptions, like m² for square meters.
  • Text Formatting: Occasionally used in text for stylistic reasons, such as writing dates like "2nd".

How to Type the Squared Symbol Using Keyboard Shortcuts, Alt Codes, and LaTeX

  • Windows: Hold down the Alt key and type 0178 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key.
  • Mac: Press Option + 00B2.
  • Linux: Press Ctrl + Shift + u, then type 00B2 and press Enter.
  • HTML: Use the named entity ² or the numeric entity ².
  • LaTeX: To type the Squared Symbol in LaTeX, use the command ^{2}.

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