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 Scientific Notation:  A way to express a very large or very small number as the product of a number between 1 and 10 and a power of 10.

Examples of scientific notation are:

  • 2.5 x 106, which represents 2,500,000.
  • 4.32 x 10-5, which represents 0.0000432.

    In general terms, is written in scientific notation, where a is between 1 and 10 (1 a < 10) and n is any integer. The number a is called the mantissa and n is the characteristic of .