# How do you write 204,500 in scientific notation?

Jul 28, 2016

$204 , 500 = 2.045 \times {10}^{5}$

#### Explanation:

$100 , 000$ is the 5th power of 10 which can be written as:

$100 , 000 = {10}^{5}$

$200 , 000 = 2 \times {10}^{5}$

We have a bit more than exactly $200 , 000$

$204 , 500 = 2.045 \times {10}^{5}$

In standard form (also called scientific notation), there is always only ONE digit before the decimal point.