Example 6.2.13

On Sept. 30th, 2016, the US federal debt was about \(\$19{,}600{,}000{,}000{,}000\) and the US population was about \(323{,}000{,}000\text{.}\) What was the average debt per person that day?

  1. Calculate the answer using the numbers provided, which are not in scientific notation.

  2. First, confirm that the given values in scientific notation are \(1.96 \times 10^{13}\) and \(3.23 \times 10^8\text{.}\) Then calculate the answer using scientific notation.