How can you measure a year? Besides, daylights, sunsets, midnights and cups of coffee, we can say a year is 525,600 minutes or 31,536,000 seconds or .001 of a millennium. Whew! These numbers can get really large or really small based on our units. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend all day writing these numbers and either do scientists and mathematicians. The good news is that we don’t have to! Scientific notation can be used to write really large and really small numbers in a more compact way.
Operations with Scientific Notation allows students to add, subtract, multiply and divide large and small values using scientific notation. The students start by reviewing how to write numbers in scientific notation and then learn how to perform operations using values that are in this form. They will gain an understanding of not only how to solve problems using scientific notation but also see the value in the ability to do so.