### Learn math, science, English SAT & ACT from

high-quaility study
videos by expert teachers

##### Thank you for watching the preview.

To unlock all 5,300 videos, start your free trial.

# Scientific Notation - Concept

###### Carl Horowitz

###### Carl Horowitz

**University of Michigan**

Runs his own tutoring company

Carl taught upper-level math in several schools and currently runs his own tutoring company. He bets that no one can beat his love for intensive outdoor activities!

In the applied sciences, scientific notation is often employed as a method of notation for ease of writing and reading. When dealing with real world situations, the numbers we get as solutions are rarely whole numbers and **scientific notation** gives us rules to follow when using ugly numbers that have a lot of decimal places. In order to understand scientific notation, we must also have a solid understanding of exponents.

We're used to writing numbers in what's called standard form, which is basically when you write out all the numbers that are in a number. So if you have 1 million, you write 1 and then a string of 0's afterwards. What scientific notation is, is a way to write those numbers out more simplistically. So basically in Science, Physics, Chemistry all those things we're dealing with really large or really small numbers okay, and instead of writing out all the 0's what comes in handy is writing things as a times 10 to the n. So you're really writing them as powers of 10.

And basically the only rule for scientific notation is that a this term we're multiplying by the absolute value has to be between 1 and 10 okay I say the absolute value because this a term could be positive or negative so basically it has to be between 1 and 10. If a is 14 or something like that we need to adjust our 10 to move that decimal back over one spot. Just like if it was 0.1 we have to move that decimal over to the other direction. Okay so scientific notation is just a easy way of writing really big or really small numbers.

Please enter your name.

Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

###### Carl Horowitz

B.S. in Mathematics University of Michigan

He knows how to make difficult math concepts easy for everyone to understand. He speaks at a steady pace and his step-by-step explanations are easy to follow.

##### Concept (1)

##### Sample Problems (3)

Need help with a problem?

Watch expert teachers solve similar problems.

## Comments (0)

Please Sign in or Sign up to add your comment.

## ·

Delete