What Is Standard Notation?

When a number is completely expressed in numerical digits, this is known as standard notation. 64,100 and 2,000,000 are a few of examples of numbers written in standard notation.

In everyday math, standard notation is frequently employed. To type out every figure, though, can be laborious when dealing with big quantities. To make writing numbers less tedious, scientists and mathematicians frequently employ a different type of number form known as scientific notation.

If someone has a number in standard notation, converting it to scientific notation is simple. He must first write the number’s digits, adding a decimal after the first digit. This must be followed by the symbol for multiplication (x), followed by the number 10 written to the required power.

The number of places to shift the decimal point is indicated by writing 10 to the appropriate power. The symbol for 10 and its power is 10x power. 7 x 102 is an illustration of a number in scientific notation.

It is simple to translate a number from standard notation back into scientific notation. To ensure that the number has the correct decimal point, the digits must come first, followed by the appropriate number of corresponding zeros.

For instance, 700 can be used to represent 7 x 102. The numeral 7 comes first. The decimal point must be moved twice in the number’s standard format since the number 10 is written to the second power.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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