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# How to use scientific notation?

The main logic behind using scientific notation is to take a very large or small number and convert it to an easy to read/write expression. For an example that isn't a power of 10, the number 0.5 converted to scientific notation would read as 5 * 10^-1. We reached this expression by moving the decimal point in 0.5 once to the right-hand side making the number into 5. The goal of using scientific notation is to reach the base number, meaning a number between 1 and 9. As we had to move the decimal point to the right-hand side, we know that the expression would read as a negative exponent, whereas if we were to move the decimal point to the left-hand side, the exponent would be positive. The number 5 is our base, and ...

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