On 10/9/2003 9:03:52 PM, sweetnsour wrote:
>what is the scientific
>notaion?
Scientific notation is a way of expressing large numbers as a single integer digit followed by a decimal fraction all multiplied by a power of 10.
This is particularly useful when you don't need to see all the digits, but do need to know the overall magnitude of the number.
so rather than having:
31415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862090
you can write:
3.141593*10^{79}
which conveys how big the number really is, and eliminates the extra digits that are usually not that interesting.
TTFN,
Eden