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Beginning Pre-Calculus for Game Developers by Boris Meltreger, John P. Flynt

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Scientific Notation

The large numbers that characterize many scientific problems become much easier to manage if you employ scientific notation. Scientific notation involves taking a large, bulky number and replacing it with an expression that involves two numbers that express the value of the large, bulky number but do so in a more compact way. Of the two numbers, the first usually consists of a rational number less than 10. For example, you might see 3.4, 4.5, or 9.2. The second consists of 10 with an exponent. For example, you might see 102, 1022, or 1022. The exponent can be negative or positive, depending on whether you are addressing a number less than 1 or a number greater than 1. An example of a number less than one is 0.0003.

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