Video lessons with examples and solutions to help Grade 6
students learn how to convert from Standard Notation to Scientific Notation.

Scientific Notation is a system of writing numbers using exponents and powers of ten. A number in scientific notation is written as a number between 1 and 10 multiplied by a power of ten.

How to make sense of scientific notation

Introduce scientific notation for describing numbers and concepts from the infinitesimal to the seemingly infinite.

Learn how to convert in and out of scientific notation in these step by step examples.

Some numbers are really big

Some numbers are really small

I wish there was a way to easily express them all!

Hey! I found there's an easy way

To show extremes scientifically

Scientific notation does it easily

And now I love science more than I ever did before, can't you see?

Express your number so that it's more than one but less than 10

Take that number and multiply it by 10 to the proper exponent

300 in scientific notation is 3 times 10 to the power of 2

10 to the power of 2 is 100 x 3 that's 300 so there's your proof

Scientific notation uses exponents

With a base of 10

So you don't have to write out so many zeros again, and again, and again

Take a number like 0.0023

Plug it in to "a times 10 raised to the power of b"

Where a equals 2.3 and b is negative 3

You get 2.3 times 10 raised to the power of negative 3

Express your number so that it's more than one but less than 10

Take that number and multiply it by 10 to the proper exponent

0.03 in scientific notation is 3 times 10 to the negative 2

10 to the negative 2 is 0.01 x 3 that's 0.03 so yeah, there's your proof

Express your number so that it's more than one but less than 10

Take that number and multiply it by 10 to the proper exponent

When you use scientific notation you become a real hero

What's 5.2? It's not a trick it's 5.2 times 10 to the power of 0

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