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Q: What are the practical uses of scientific notation? Why is scientific notation so important in modern-day society?
A: Today, we work with far larger numbers than at any other time in history.
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User: What are the practical uses of scientific notation? Why is scientific notation so important in modern-day society?

Weegy: Today, we work with far larger numbers than at any other time in history.
nikkidonker|Points 20|

User: What would be the value of expressing something like the national debt in scientific notation? What information would be lost in such a usage? Is that important? Explain why or why not.

Weegy: Scientific notation is used primarily in *science* for expressing certain quantities such as the mass of a particle or the amount of force exerted. [ This is different from engineering notation (similar to scientific notation, except the exponents are multiples of 3 to allow for common SI prefixes). For example, 4.7 * 10^4 would be written as 47 * 10^3 in engineering notation. The national debt is rarely, if at all, expressed in scientific notation because most everyone knows what 14 trillion dollars is. If the debt were somehow 14 quadrillion dollars we would either use scientific notation or say "14,000 trillion." ]
jcr.2008|Points 382|

User: What are the practical uses of scientific notation?

User: Why is scientific notation so important in modern-day society?

Weegy: Today, we work with far larger numbers than at any other time in history.
nikkidonker|Points 20|

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