Scientific Notation - Pass and Solve!

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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In this activity, students will use their knowledge of exponent rules to multiply and divide numbers written in scientific notation. There are six problems total - three require the multiplication of numbers in scientific notation and three require division of numbers in scientific notation. Additionally, two of the six questions are word problems.

Students will work a single problem in groups of three, by rotating the paper among members of the group. Teams complete the problems by having each member complete ONLY ONE of the following steps:

1. Multiply or divide the decimal numbers.
2. Use the laws of exponents to determine the power of 10.
3. Write the final answer in scientific notation.

This product contains 6 versions of the activity so it can be played multiple times and all students have the chance to practice each step! Answer keys included!
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15 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.
Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 × 10⁸ and the population of the world as 7 × 10⁹, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger.
Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 3² × (3⁻⁵) = (3⁻³) = 1/3³ = 1/27.


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