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what are the practical usages of scientific notation?
Scientific notation is the way that scientists easily handle very large numbers or very small numbers. For example, instead of writing 0.0000000056, we write 5.6 x 10-9. [ [ So, how does this work? We can think of 5.6 x 10-9 as the product of two numbers: 5.6 (the digit term) and 10-9 (the exponential term). Here are some examples of scientific notation. 10000 = 1 x 104 24327 = 2.4327 x
104 1000 = 1 x 103 7354 = 7.354 x 103 100 = 1 x 102 482 = 4.82 x 102 10 = 1 x 101 89 = 8.9 x 101 (not usually done) 1 = 100 1/10 = 0.1 = 1 x 10-1 0.32 = 3.2 x 10-1 (not usually done) 1/100 = 0.01 = 1 x 10-2 0.053 = 5.3 x 10-2 1/1000 = 0.001 = 1 x 10-3 0.0078 = 7.8 x 10-3 1/10000 = 0.0001 = 1 x 10-4 0.00044 = 4.4 x 10-4 ] ]
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