## pow

**Block Category:** Arithmetic

**Inputs: **Real or complex scalars, vectors, or
matrices.** **When the input is a vector or matrix, the pow block computes
the output on an element-by-element basis

**Description:** The pow block generates an output
signal based on the value of the input signal raised to the power of a specified
exponent.

The pow block is useful for solving equations of the type
*y* = *x*^{z}. Do
not use the pow block to compute matrix dot products, such as **Y** =
**A**^{2}, where the dot product is implied. Instead use the dotProduct block.

By adding an input connector to the pow block, you can
specify an external exponent parameter to override the block’s exponent
parameter. For example:

This diagram raises 2 to the 8th power. The display block
verifies the results. The main advantage of setting the exponent externally is
that the value of the exponent can be varied dynamically as the simulation
progresses.

**Exponent:** Specifies the power to which the input
signal is raised. If the input signal is negative, the exponent must be an
integer; otherwise, a domain error occurs. The default is 2. You can also
enter a value in hexadecimal notation or
as a C expression.

**Label:** Indicates a user-defined block label that appears when
**View** **>** **Block** **Labels** is activated.