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Scientific method of writing numbers, especially very large or very small numbers. The first non-zero digit of the number is placed before the decimal point and all other digits are placed in order after the decimal point. This decimal is multiplied by an appropriate power of 10. For example, 1,721,448 is written as 1.721 448 × 106 in standard form and 0.003378159 is written as 3.378 159 × 10-3.

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