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Scientific Notation in the Real World
Common Core: 8.EE.3

Scientific Notation in the Real World

Author: Graham Pardun

Scientific notation is used to write very large or very small numbers using less digits. Discover examples of scientific notation used in real life and acquire the comprehension of complex concepts such as polynomials and exponents.  See how scientists use this notation to describe astronomical distances, such as the distance between planets, or microscopic distances, such as the length of a blood cell.

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Astronomy-Based Examples of Scientific Notation in the Real World

In this lesson, I'll show you some real uses of scientific notation -- in astronomy, where the object studied (the universe) is so large, that to describe aspects of it numerically would be virtually impossible without scientific notation!