6.2E-02

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6.2E-02

Postby guest » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:14 pm

What does this translate to?
Can anyone recommend a site which would give me info on how to do this? I've been looking on-line and so far no luck.

Thank you.
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Postby Dirtman » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:53 am

6.2E-02 = 0.062


A couple of links explaining scientific notation:
http://www.fordhamprep.org/gcurran/sho/sho/lessons/lesson25.htm
http://www2.austincc.edu/jheath/Math/Scinot/scinot.htm

Many other sites can be found by doing a web search for "scientific notation"
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Postby Guest » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:21 am

The links above explain scientific notation well, but not the "E" form.

In scientific notation, the elements are a number, multiplied by 10 raised to some power. Many computer (and calculator) displays and keyboards can't handle the superscripts well, and the 10 is extra characters, so the use the "E" form in which the power of ten is separated from the number by E, and the 10 isn't shown at all:
620 = 6.2 x 10² = 6.2E02
it is just a shorthand for writing in limited character set.
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Postby Dirtman » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:30 am

Anonymous wrote:The links above explain scientific notation well, but not the "E" form.

Thanks for adding the clarification.
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Postby guest » Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:16 pm

thank you for your responses!
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