# How do you write #0.005002# in scientific notation?

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To write this term in scientific notation we need to move the decimal point 3 places to the right, therefore the exponent of the 10 will be negative:

#### Explanation:

When working with scientific notation, a useful rule of thumb is:

If the decimal point moves to the LEFT:

If the decimal point moves to the RIGHT:

Sometimes in calculations, numbers are obtained which are not in scientific notation. These have to be adjusted so that there is only ONE digit before the point.