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Scientific Notation


Scientific Notation is a standard way of writing small or large numbers without having to write many zeros.

 

 

scientific notation

scientific notation

So we can write large numbers into short form by above way.

How to Convert Real Number into Scientific Notation

As we know, The number 159,000,000,000 can be written as 1.59 x 1011.

The 1st number 1.59 is the coefficient and this has to be greater than or equal to 1 and less than 10.

The 2nd number 1011 is the base. In scientific notation, this is always to the base of 10 and is written in exponential form.

Let us look at how we arrive at this.

Place the decimal point after the first digit and remove the zeros. This gives us the coefficient.

For the number 163,000,000 , the coefficient is 1.63 .

To determine the power of the exponent, we have to count the number of places from the decimal to the end of the zeros. For the number 163,000,000 , there are eight zeros so the base would be 108 .Thus, in scientific notation, the number 163,000,000 can be expressed as 1.63 x 108.

Scientific notation works almost the same for very small numbers. Just remember to add a negative sign to the power of the exponent. We can write one thousandth of a second as 0.001 or 1.0 x 10-3.

How to Convert Scientific Notation in Real Numbers

To change a scientific notation into a real number, we have to multiply its coefficient by its ten raised to the exponent given. For example, 1.86 x 104 would mean that we take its coefficient 1.86 and multiply it by 4 tens like this; 1.86 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 18600.Thus we have to move the decimal point to the right and add in the zeros accordingly.

For exponents that is negative, we move the decimal point to the left and add zeros in between the point and the first digit. For example, 3.86 x 10-4 would become 0.000386.