Standard and Scientific Notation

Some numbers are too big or too small to fit on a page! Find out what to do with them in this BrainPOP movie as Tim and Moby introduce you to the concepts of scientific and standard notation. You’ll learn what kinds of numbers can be written in scientific notation and when you should think about using this number format. You’ll also learn the difference between scientific and standard notation, as well as how to convert numbers from one type of notation to the other. Plus, find out what powers of 10 and exponents have to do with it all. Ready to talk about some really big (and small) numbers?

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