Scientific Notation

Coefficient and Exponent

Coefficient is The number in front of the variable.

Ex. 3x + 10x = 13x The coefficients are 3,10,13.


Exponent is the power of something.

Ex. 3^2

Scientific Notation is how people make large numbers smaller when it's still the same value. Ex. 1000000 turns into 1x10^6. You have to turn the number so its smaller than 1 and bigger than 0. If the number is a decimal the power is negative. Ex. .00001 turns into 1x10^-5