# Definitions for **scientific notation**

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scientific notation(Noun)

a method of writing, or of displaying real numbers as a decimal number between 1 and 10 followed by an integer power of 10

scientific notation(Noun)

an alternative format of such a decimal number immediately followed by E and an integer

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Scientific notation

Scientific notation is a way of writing numbers that are too big or too small to be conveniently written in decimal form. Scientific notation has a number of useful properties and is commonly used in calculators and by scientists, mathematicians and engineers. In scientific notation all numbers are written in the form of , where the exponent b is an integer, and the coefficient a is any real number, called the significand or mantissa. The term "mantissa" may cause confusion, however, because it can also refer to the fractional part of the common logarithm. If the number is negative then a minus sign precedes a. Decimal floating point is a computer arithmetic system closely related to scientific notation.

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