# How do you write 0.00008 in scientific notation?

May 25, 2016

$8.0 x {10}^{-} 5$

#### Explanation:

To convert 0.00008 to scientific notation we must move the decimal until the 8 is in the ones place.

This means we are moving the decimal to the right five times.

This makes the value $8.0 x {10}^{-} 5$

We could also look at this as 0.00008 is the same as

$\frac{8}{100 , 000}$

or

$\frac{8}{10} ^ 5$

Which when placed in the numerator becomes

$8.0 x {10}^{-} 5$