5.08 × 10^{3}
= 5080

5.5 × 10^{4}
= 55000

5.08 × 10^{4}
= 50800

5.58 × 10^{3}
= 5580

5.8 × 10^{3}
= 5800

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Level 1 - Five numbers to sort, all with positive powers of 10

Level 2 - Ten numbers to sort, all with positive powers of 10

Level 3 - Ten numbers to sort, all with negative powers of 10

Level 4 - Ten mixed numbers to sort, all greater than 1

Level 5 - Ten mixed numbers to sort, all less than 1

Standard Form Exercise - A self marking exercise on converting standard form numbers to ordinary numbers and vica-versa

Standard Form Algebra - Deeply test your understanding of standard form by involving a little algebra.

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Standard form, also known as scientific notation, is a way of conveniently writing numbers that accommodates values too large or small to be conveniently written in standard decimal notation.

3.48 x 10^{4}

= 3.48 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10

= 3.48 x 10000

= 34800

3.48 x 10^{-2}

3.48 x ^{1}⁄_{100}

= 3.48 ÷ 100

= 0.0348

Finally note that any number raised to the power zero is 1 so:

3.48 x 10^{0}

= 3.48 x 1

= 3.48

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