PLSQL | POWER Function

The POWER function is an inbuilt function in PLSQL which is used to return the calculated value when a raised to the bth power. If a is negative number, then b must be an integer.

Syntax:

POWER(a, b)

Parameters Used:
This function accepts two parameters a and b. If a is negative number, then b must be an integer.



Return Value:
This function return a raised to the bth power.

Supported Versions of Oracle/PLSQL is given below:

  1. Oracle 12c
  2. Oracle 11g
  3. Oracle 10g
  4. Oracle 9i
  5. Oracle 8i

Let’s see some examples which illustrate the POWER function:

Example-1:

DECLARE 
   Test_Number number1 := 3;
   Test_Number number2 := 2;
   
BEGIN 
   dbms_output.put_line(POWER(Test_Number number1, 
                              Test_Number number2)); 
   
END; 

Output:

9

In the above example, 3 is raised to the 2nd power and returns 9 as the output.

Example-2:

DECLARE 
   Test_Number number1 := -5;
   Test_Number number2 := 3;
   
BEGIN 
   dbms_output.put_line(POWER(Test_Number number1, 
                              Test_Number number2)); 
   
END; 

Output:

-125

In the above example, -5 is raised to the 3th power and returns -125 as the output.

Example-3:

DECLARE 
   Test_Number number1 := 6.2;
   Test_Number number2 := 3.5;
   
BEGIN 
   dbms_output.put_line(POWER(Test_Number number1, 
                              Test_Number number2)); 
   
END; 

Output:

593.431934277892

In the above example, 6.2 is raised to the 3.5th power and returns 593.431934277892 as the output.

Advantage:
This function is used to find the value when a raised to the bth power is calculated.

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