Hi, I'm new to Java and I have no idea how to do this problem. I don't know what loops are or how to use them.

5. In mathematics, exponentiation of *an* is *a* multiplied by itself *n* times. For instance, 53 is 5*5*5, or 125. **Define a method** so it may be called using the following statement and finds the correct exponential operation:

int result = exponent(5,3);

You __must__ use a loop in your method. Using the java.lang.math method pow() is not allowed. You can assume that the exponent is a positive, whole number. Note that the ^ operator does **not** perform exponentiation.