Of course!

It's worth anyone who has not realised this to try the following code

which shows the gain.

However, pedagogically ( ie wearing my ex-schoolmaster hat) I've never

met anyone who quotes Pythagoras starting 'The hypotenuse multiplied by

itself is equal to ...', or says 'the power dissipated in a resistor R

carrying I amps is I I R'.

And as always, if speed is important why use a function anyway?

'CODE __________________________________________________

print "Using exponentiation /power function it took ";

now =time$( "milliseconds")

for i =1 to 100000

result =VS( 2 *i, 3 *i, 4 *i)

next i

print time$( "milliseconds") -now, " milliseconds"

print "Using multiplication /product function it took ";

now =time$( "milliseconds")

for i =1 to 100000

result =VS2( 2 *i, 3 *i, 4 *i)

next i

print time$( "milliseconds") -now, " milliseconds"

print "Using in-line calculation, no function, product rather than

exponentiation, ";

now =time$( "milliseconds")

for i =1 to 100000

result =2 *i *2 *i+3 *i *3 *i +4 *i *4 *i

next i

print time$( "milliseconds") -now, " milliseconds"

end

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function VS( x, y, z) ' here we define the function

VS =x^2 +y^2 +z^2

end function

function VS2( x, y, z) ' here we define the function

VS =x*x +y*y +z*z

end function