How do you multiply #(2.34 xx 10^-8) (5.7 xx 10^-4)#?

1 Answer
Mar 30, 2018

Answer:

See a solution process below:

Explanation:

First, rewrite the expression as:

#(2.34 xx 5.7)(10^-8 xx 10^-4) =>#

#13.338 xx (10^-8 xx 10^-4)#

Next, use this rule for exponents to multiply the 10s terms:

#x^color(red)(a) xx x^color(blue)(b) = x^(color(red)(a) + color(blue)(b))#

#13.338 xx (10^color(red)(-8) xx 10^color(blue)(-4)) =>#

#13.338 xx 10^(color(red)(-8)+color(blue)(-4)) =>#

#13.338 xx 10^-12#

Now, to put this in scientific notation we need to move the decimal point 1 place to the left so we need to add #color(red)(1)# to the exponent of the 10s term:

#1.3338 xx 10^(-12+color(red)(1)) =>#

#1.3338 xx 10^-11#