**Standard form refers to the simplest and clearest representation of a number, formula or equation.** The specific standard form of a term or equation depends on what the subject is.

The standard form of a single number is used to represent large numbers clearly. They are written so that there is a single number in the one's place, multiplying it by 10 to some exponent. For example, 5326 is written as 5.326*10^{3} in standard form.

For an equation, variables are expanded as much as possible and all terms are taken to the left side of the equation. For example, x^{2}=7 is equal to x^{2}-7=0 in standard form.