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The Value of ScientificNotation

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Is there value in expressing things in scientific notation? Specifically, provide an example regarding national debt. Is there any information lost in translation, and is that lost information important?

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Scientific notation is a convenient way of expressing very large or very small numbers. Thus, the national debt, which is approximately 16.6 trillion dollars, can be expressed in scientific notation as 1.66 * 10^13 dollars.

The main advantage of expressing very large or very ...

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We explain the utility of scientific notation with an example involving our national debt.

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