# How do you convert 0.005038 into scientific notation?

##### 1 Answer
Jul 16, 2015

The answer is $5.038 \times {10}^{- 3}$.

#### Explanation:

Move the decimal to the right three places until it is to the right of the $5$. This will give you a coefficient of $5.038$, in which the number in front of the decimal is a non-zero integer from $1$ to $9$ inclusive. Then multiply the coefficient times ${10}^{- 3}$. The exponent is negative because the decimal was moved to the right, and its magnitude is three because the decimal was moved three places.