Example6.1.25

To get a sense of how scientific notation works, let's consider familiar lengths of time converted to seconds.

Length of Time Length in Seconds Scientific Notation
one second 1 second \(1 \times 10^{0}\) second
one minute 60 seconds \(6 \times 10^{1}\) seconds
one hour 3600 seconds \(3.6 \times 10^{3}\) seconds
one month 2,628,000 seconds \(2.628 \times 10^{6}\) seconds
ten years 315,400,000 seconds \(3.154 \times 10^{8}\) seconds
79 years (about a lifetime) 2,491,000,000 seconds \(2.491 \times 10^{9}\) seconds
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