Writing in scientific notation involves taking a very small or very large number, converting it to an easy-to-read decimal, and raising it to a power of 10. Depending on the venue, the exponent may be expressed in variou... More »

Scientific notation is a system that helps people read either excessively large or excessively small numbers. To find the scientific notation of a number, count how many spaces the second to last digit is from the decima... More »

No particular person is credited with creating or discovering scientific notation. The origin of this term dates back to around 1961, when it first appeared in the "New International Dictionary of the English Language." ... More »

To write a number in scientific notation form, write the digits of the original number with a decimal point after the first digit. Then write a multiplication sign, and indicate the power of 10 necessary to put the decim... More »

The standard form of a decimal number places the decimal point after the first digit and then reflects the true size of the number by multiplying it by the appropriate power of 10. This form of a number is also known as ... More »

Negative scientific notation is expressing a number that is less than one, or is a decimal with the power of 10 and a negative exponent. An example of a number that is less than one is the decimal 0.00064. To express thi... More »

A googol has 100 zeroes in expanded notation, and in exponent notation, it is 10 to the power. A googol is written by writing the digit one and then putting 100 zeroes after it. More »