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# How is a number converted to scientific notation?

How do you convert a number to scientific notation? For example, what is 507 in scientific notation?
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1. Bump the decimal point over so that it's just to the right of the first nonzero digit.
2. If you bump it to the left, the power of ten is equal to the number of places the decimal point moves.
3. If you bump it to the right, the power of ten is equal minus the number of places the decimal point moves.
 number scientific notation 507 5.07 × 102 186282 1.86282 × 105 602000000000000000000000 6.02 × 1023 0.00507 5.07 × 10-3 0.000001 1 × 10-6 0.00000000000000000000000167 1.67 × 10-24

Author: Fred Senese senese@antoine.frostburg.edu

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