How do you express the number in scientific notation given the diameter of Neptune: 49,600,000 m?

2 Answers
Sep 20, 2016

Answer:

#4.96xx10^7#

Explanation:

Adjusted stepwise so that you can see what is happening:

#49600000 -> 4960000.0 xx10#

#49600000 -> 496000.00 xx10xx10#

#49600000 -> 49600.000 xx10xx10xx10#

#49600000 -> 4960.0000 xx10xx10xx10xx10#

#49600000 -> 496.00000 xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10#

#49600000 -> 49.600000 xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10#

#49600000 -> color(green)(4.9600000 xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10xx10)#

#color(green)(4.96xx10^7)#

Sep 20, 2016

Answer:

#4color(red)(9,600,000.) = 4.96 xx 10^color(red)(7)#

Explanation:

In scientific notation there must be ONE digit (non-zero) before the decimal point and then a power of 10 to indicate the size of the number.

Count the number of places you move the decimal.

If it moves to the left, (as in this case) the power of 10 increases, if the point moves to the right, the power of 10 decreases.

#4color(red)(9,600,000.) = 4.96 xx 10^color(red)(7)#