# Worksheet - What is Scientific Notation?

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A 5-page worksheet product designed to teach late middle school and early high school students about scientific notation. Specifically, this product contains a 1.5 page reading section that instructs students how to express numbers in expanded form to scientific notation, adding and subtracting with scientific notation, as well as multiplying and dividing with scientific notation. In addition, this product provides 28 review questions for students to practice their technique.

I created this reading and review worksheet to add the topic of scientific notation to my larger Scientific Method, Experimental Design and Measurement unit bundle, which I use at the start of the year. It also works well as an addition to my suite of metric conversion products. There is also corresponding scientific notation quiz that can be used to check student understanding of the topic. Links to each of these products are found below.

Quiz - Scientific Notation

UNIT BUNDLE - Scientific Method, Experimental Design and Measurement

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Product Contents:

Pages 1-2 - Introduction to Scientific Notation

• What is scientific notation and its usefulness
• Parts of scientific notation (e.g. coefficient, base 10, exponent)
• Step-by-step guide to converting numbers to scientific notation (with example)
• Meaning of positive and negative exponents in scientific notation
• Multiplication and division with scientific notation (with examples)
• Addition and subtraction with scientific notation (with examples)

Pages 2-3 - Review Questions:

• Part 1: converting expanded form to scientific notation (8 questions)
• Part 2: converting scientific notation to expanded form (8 questions)
• Part 3: multiplication with scientific notation (4 questions)
• Part 4: division with scientific notation (4 questions)
• Part 5: addition and subtraction with scientific notation (4 questions)

• A full, color-coded answer key for all review questions

• This product comes in 2 formats: a static PDF document and fully-editable Word document.
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Relevant NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Addressed by This Product:

• Analyzing and Interpreting Data

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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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