A positive exponent shows that the decimal point is shifted that number of places to the right. A negative exponent shows that the decimal point is shifted that number of places to the left.

Scientific notation Video transcript I don't think it's any secret that if one were to do any kind of science, they're going to be dealing with a lot of numbers.

It doesn't matter whether you do biology, or chemistry, or physics, numbers are involved. And in many cases, the numbers are very large.

They are very, very large numbers. Or, they're very, small, very small numbers. You could imagine some very large numbers. If I were to ask you, how many atoms are there in the human body?

Or how cells are in the human body? Or the mass of the Earth, in kilograms, those are very large numbers. If I were to ask you the mass of an electron, that would be a very, very small number. So any kind of science, you're going to be dealing with these. And just as an example, let me show you one of the most common numbers you're going to see, in especially chemistry.

It's called Avogadro's number.

And if I were write it in just the standard way of writing a number, it would literally be written as-- do it in a new color. It would be and then another 20 zeroes. And even I were to throw some commas in here, it's not going to really help the situation to make it more readable.

Let me throw some commas in here. This is still a huge number. If I have to write this on a piece of paper or if I were to publish some paper on using Avogadro's number, it would take me forever to write this.

And even more, it's hard to tell if I forgot to write a zero or if I maybe wrote too many zeroes. So there's a problem here. Is there a better way to write this?

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So is there a better way to write this than to write it all out like this? To write literally the 6 followed by the 23 digits, or the followed by the 20 zeroes there?

And to answer that question-- and in case you're curious, Avogadro's number, if you had 12 grams of carbon, especially 12 grams of carbon, this is how many atoms you would have in that.

And just so you know, 12 grams is like a 50th of a pound. So that just gives you an idea of how many atoms are laying around at any point in time. This is a huge number. The point of here isn't to teach you some chemistry.

The point of here is to talk about an easier way to write this. And the easier way to write this we call scientific notation. And take my word for it, although it might be a little unnatural for you at this video.

It really is an easier way to write things like things like that.Introduction to scientific notation. An in-depth discussion about why and how scientific notation is used.

Part 1. Their Shorthand Notation and Systematic Names Introduction. In the late s, Rich O.

Adlof and Professor Frank D. Gunstone prepared an alphabetical list of English trivial names of fatty acids. In scientific notation all numbers are written in the form m × 10 n (m times ten raised to the power of n), where the exponent n is an integer, and the coefficient m is any real number, called the significand or caninariojana.comr, the term "mantissa" may cause confusion because it is the name of the fractional part of the common caninariojana.com the number is negative then a minus sign precedes m.

Scientific Notation. A positive number is written in scientific notation if it is written in the form: where 1. Scientific Notation is based on powers of the base number The number ,,, in scientific notation is written as: The first number is called the coefficient.

Working with numbers in standard form. Astronomers, biologists, engineers, physicists and many others encounter quantities whose measures involve very small or very large numbers.

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