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Standard Form Algebra

Deeply test your understanding of standard form (scientific notation) by involving a little algebra.

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This is level 3: mixed standard form questions. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 7 correct and you do this activity online. All answers should be given in standard form. To type indices or exponents use the up arrow key ^ then type the index. Use the button provided to insert a multiplication sign.



\(\sqrt{16 \times 10^{2p}}\)

= Correct Wrong



\(\sqrt{a^2 \times 10^{6}}\)


\(1 \le a \lt 10\)

= Correct Wrong



\(\sqrt{9a^2 \times 10^{2p+4q}}\)


\(\frac13 \le a \lt \frac{10}{3}\)

= Correct Wrong



\(\sqrt{a^4b^6 \times 10^{-6}}\)


\(10 \le a^2b^3 \lt 100\)

= Correct Wrong



\((a \times 10^{3})^2\)


\(\sqrt{10} \le a \lt 10\)

= Correct Wrong



\((a \times 10^{p})^q\)


\(100 \le a^q \lt 1000\)

= Correct Wrong


$$ \frac{a \times 10^5 \times b \times 10^p}{b \times 10^q} $$

\(1 \le a \lt 10\)

= Correct Wrong


$$ \frac{a^2 \times 10^{2p} \times b^3 \times 10^{-3q}}{a^2b^2 \times 10^{5q+2p-8}} $$

\(1000 \le b \lt 10000\)

= Correct Wrong



\((a \times 10^3) + (10a \times 10^2)\)


\(0.5 \le a \lt 5\)

= Correct Wrong


This is Standard Form Algebra level 3. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 2

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Description of Levels



Standard Form - Begin here if you prefer your standard form to come without algebra.

Level 1 - Simplifying expressions in standard form

Level 2 - Multiplication and division of numbers in standard form

Level 3 - Mixed standard form questions

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Curriculum Reference

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Standard Form

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.

Standard Form


3.48 x 104

= 3.48 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10

= 3.48 x 10000

= 34800


3.48 x 10-2

3.48 x 1100

= 3.48 ÷ 100

= 0.0348


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

3.48 x 100

= 3.48 x 1

= 3.48

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Typing Mathematical Notation

These exercises use MathQuill, a web formula editor designed to make typing Maths easy and beautiful. Watch the animation below to see how common mathematical notation can be created using your keyboard.

MathQuill Animation