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Scientific notation is a way to deal with writing out very large or very small numbers.

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Do you have any examples you are struggling with?

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a new movie costs £320 million to make write this amount in scientific notation

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okay, how would you write it normally - without the word million?

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320 000 000

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So what do you think the scientific notation would look like?

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7

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Spot on, so how many 0's are there?

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thats what i need help with i don't understand how to write it out

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okay so we could write:

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What does equal?

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10000000 i think

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Yes!

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So

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Does that make sense?

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to see if i understand

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can you maybe ask me a question

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We're not quite there yet, but I will in a second

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Scientists often prefer to use normalised scientific notation. So if the first number is greater than 1, but less than 10 - we add a decimal point, and add one to the exponent. So we get

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okay

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Okay, let's give it a go. What is the scientific notation for ?

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9.75 to the power of 6

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Almost! We must not say "to the power of 6" because that would look like this , what we want (and what I think you mean) is

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okay i think i understand

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and we would say "9.75 times 10 to the power 6"

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You might see it on the calculator shortened to this as well.

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Why do you think scientific notation is useful?

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okay then

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because you don't need to write a large number with lots of zero's?

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Yes, often scientists deal with huge numbers, like the distance from the earth to the sun. It is a lot easier to write it out in scientific notation in these cases. They also often round the number to only a few significant figures to keep things really short.

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thankyou for helping me understand

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No problem Maina

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smiley face

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