- The number 370,00,000 can be written as 3.7 x 10^8.
- The number 0.00000045 can be written as 4.5 x 10^-7.
- We know 600 = 6 x 100,
- and that 100 = 10^2,
- Therefore, 600 = 6 x 10^2.
If the number is bigger than one, then your exponent is positive.
This is important because this decides which direction you move the decimal.
a. Express very large and very small quantities in scientific notation in the form a x 10^b = p where 1<= a < 10 and b is an integer.
b. Translate between decimal notation and scientific notation.
c. Estimate and compare the relative size of two quantities in scientific notation.