# How do you write # 173,000 # in scientific notation?

##### 1 Answer

Feb 5, 2016

#### Explanation:

The simplest way to calculate this is to take the decimal point from where it starts - in this case it is invisible, but it is to the right of the last

We want to move it until there is only one digit to the left of it: this is the basis of scientific notation. We jump it

To make sure we still have the same number, we have to multiply our new number,

Putting it together gives