Scientific Notation and Calculations – Energies, Frequencies, and Wavelengths of Photons

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The calculator has an interesting way of displaying numbers in scientific notation, but don't let that confuse your pupils! A lesson designed to give learners practice with scientific notation and calculators provides several practice problems. Each problem highlights a science concept that requires either very large or very small numbers such as energies, frequencies, and wavelengths of photons.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Post the worked-out sample problem on a class website as a resource
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects previous work with numbers in scientific notation
  • Requires a scientific or graphing calculator
Pros

  • Incorporates problem solving within each calculation
  • Includes a detailed demonstration of the calculator keystrokes and display when working with scientific notation
Cons

  • None
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