# How is scientific notation used in physics?

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Mar 26, 2015

Scientific notation is used in Physics to more easily write and work with very large numbers or very small numbers.

For example, one light year in standard notation is

The mass of an electron is

So you can see, using scientific notation makes it easier to write and work with very large and very small numbers.

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