Algebra 1

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ISBN 13: 978-0-13350-040-0

Chapter 7 - Exponents and Exponential Functions - 7-2 Scientific Notation - Practice and Problem-Solving Exercises: 22

Answer

$2.17\times10^{4}$

Work Step by Step

To convert a number from standard notation to scientific notation, we must move the decimal to the left or to the right, counting the number of places, until the number is between $1$ and $10$, and multiply by a power of $10$. If the number is less than $1$, and we moved the decimal to the right, the power of $10$ is the negative number of places we moved the decimal point. If the number is greater than $1$, and we moved the decimal to the left, the power of $10$ is the positive number of places we moved the decimal point. For the number $21,700.0$, we move the decimal point $4$ places to the left, giving us $2.17$, with the power of $10$ being $4$. This gives us $2.17\times10^{4}$.
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