Any number above 1 gets greater, below 1 smaller (when above 0), while 1 itself remains the same. Negative numbers are more unpredictable.

**Answer:**

**Because whole numbers are greater than 1 and any number greater than 1 multiplied by it self several times result in a greater number, but proper fractions are numbers less than 1, and a number less than 1 multiplied by it self several times result if a smaller number. **

**Explanation:**

**Whole numbers are****raised to an exponent **, means that such **number is multiplied by itself** (as many times and the exponent is).

Whole numbers are **1, 2, 3, 4,**

Number 1 is a special case. When 1 is multiplied by it self the result is 1.

When other whole number (**2, 3, 4, 5,**) is **multiplied by it self the result is a greater number**. **For example**, 2 × 2 = 4, 3 × 3 = 9, and so on.

On the other hand, proper **fractions**, which are those whose numerator is less than the denominator, **are less than one**, and **any number less than 1 multiplied by it self results in a smaller number**.

For **example**: 1/2 × 1/2 = 1/4 or 0.5 × 0.5 = 0.25. This is always true for any proper fraction (a number less than 1).