Scientific Notation - Explained!

Scientists use very large and very small numbers when measuring things. A Veritasium video explains how scientific notation simplifies these numbers. It offers examples of how to convert such numbers into scientific notation—and from scientific notation to standard notation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a worksheet to practice using scientific notation
  • Challenge scholars to come up with other measurements that are so large or so small that notation would be beneficial
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of exponents, multiplication, and division
Pros

  • Provides closed captioning for ELLs
  • Ends with a challenge question and a link to learn the answer
Cons

  • None