# What is 0.00089 in scientific notation?

Apr 24, 2018

$0.89$x${10}^{-} 3$
$890$x${10}^{-} 6$

#### Explanation:

$0.00089$ is simply $0.00089$x${10}^{0}$

${10}^{0}$ is equal to $1$

To change this to scientific notation, the decimal is moved from left to right.

For example, ${10}^{-} 6$ means you move the decimal place six places to the right. ${10}^{-} 9$ means moving the decimal point nine spaces to the right.

If the power was ${10}^{12}$ then you do the opposite and move the decimal twelve places to the left which would make your value larger whereas a negative power signifies a small value tending to zero.

If you use a scientific calculator, the ENG button will do this for you (if you have one).