Scientific notation provides a way to write very large or very small numbers in a nice compact form. This lesson will illustrate the steps involved in this process, and we will also see how to easily check our work. Scientific notation is a compact way to write very large or small numbers. In general, a number in scientific notation is a number, m, multiplied by a power of 10, and it takes the following form:.

The purpose of scientific notation is for scientists to write very large, or very small, numbers with ease. Calculating scientific notation for a positive integer is simple, as it always follows this notation:. Toggle navigation. Q: How is the number 49 written in Scientific Notation? Why is 49 written as 4. Calculating scientific notation for a positive integer is simple, as it always follows this notation: a x 10 b Follow the steps below to see how 49 is written in scientific notation. Step 1 To find a , take the number and move a decimal place to the right one position.

The purpose of scientific notation is for scientists to write very large, or very small, numbers with ease. Calculating scientific notation for a positive integer is simple, as it always follows this notation:. Toggle navigation. Q: How is the number written in Scientific Notation?

Before we can convert between scientific and decimal notation, we need to know the difference between the two. S cientific notation is used by scientists, mathematicians, and engineers when they are working with very large or very small numbers. Using exponential notation, large and small numbers can be written in a way that is easier to read.

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