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ChemistryUnderstanding Scientific Notation is very important in Science and Engineering! When you work with either very big numbers or very small numbers in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Engineering, you can use Scientific Notation to write your data in much more compact form. In this video, we show you how to convert very large numbers and very small numbers into Scientific Notation. We also show you how to do calculations with numbers written in Scientific Notation. There are specific rules to follow for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and we show you fully worked examples for all of these cases. We also show you how to work with Scientific Notation with your scientific calculator.

When you work with either very big numbers or very small numbers in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Engineering, you can use Scientific Notation to write your data in much more compact form. For instance, you can write the speed of light as 299,792,458 m/s, or you can write it more simply with scientific notation as 3x10^{8} m/s (this is how you would write the measurement to one significant digit, which is explained in its own video).

In this video, we show you how to convert very large numbers and very small numbers into Scientific Notation. We also show you how to do calculations with numbers written in Scientific Notation. There are specific rules to follow for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and we show you fully worked examples for all of these cases. We also show you how to work with Scientific Notation with your scientific calculator.

Video: Scientific Notation for very BIG and very SMALL numbers

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Our Chemistry Lessons playlist gives you practical help for the topics that chemistry students often struggle with. Each video has multiple example problems worked out in full. Topics covered include: Balancing Chemical Equations, the MOLE, Gas Laws, Molar Mass, and more.