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scientific notation

n. 1 (context mathematics English) a method of writing, or of displaying real numbers as a decimal number between 1 and 10 followed by an integer power of 10 2 (context mathematics English) an alternative format of such a decimal number immediately followed by E and an integer

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Scientific notation

Scientific notation (also referred to as standard form or standard index form) is a way of expressing numbers that are too big or too small to be conveniently written in decimal form. It is commonly used by scientists, mathematicians and engineers. On scientific calculators it is known as "SCI" display mode.

Decimal notation

Scientific notation

2

300

4,321.768

−53,000

6,720,000,000

0.2

0.000 000 007 51

In scientific notation all numbers are written in the form

m × 10

(m times ten raised to the power of n), where the exponent n is an integer, and the coefficient m is any real number (however, see normalized notation below), called the significand or mantissa. The term "mantissa" may cause confusion, however, because it can also refer to the fractional part of the common logarithm. If the number is negative then a minus sign precedes m (as in ordinary decimal notation).

Decimal floating point is a computer arithmetic system closely related to scientific notation.

#### Usage examples of "scientific notation".

If written out in ordinary figures, without scientific notation, it would be 0.

I had intended to ask Brightspot the reason for such unorthodox scientific notation.

It would soon take scientific notation to register his debt to the Dendarii.

The result was on the back of an envelope in a second: 5 x 1015 sheets in proper scientific notation, or five quadrillion if I really wanted to impress someone.

They look like a cross between a journal and regular scientific notation.