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A number in scientific notation is of the form:
and n is an integer.
Note 1: The "a" can be equal to 1. But it cannot be 10.
Note 2: The "x" is a multiplication sign. Scientific notation often uses the old-fashioned "x" for multiplication.
To change a number into scientific notation:
- Write the number in decimal form. If the number is a fraction, divide it. If the number is an integer, put a decimal at the end.
- Move the decimal so that is is between the leftmost non-zero digit and the digit to its right. This new number will be the "a".
- The number of places you moved the decimal point will be . If you moved the decimal to the left, n will be positive and if you moved the decimal to the right then the exponent will be negative.
Let's try this on your number:
1) Write with a decimal. Your number is already in decimal form.
2) Move the decimal. The leftmost non-zero digit is the 6. So we move the decimal between the 6 and the digit to its right, the 8:
This is the "a"
3) We moved the decimal point to the right above so the exponent, n, will be negative. And we moved it 7 places so the exponent is -7
So 0.00000068, in scientific notation is 6.8 x