# Negative exponents and scientific notation

1. Apr 14, 2005

### oscar_brown

holy cow i feel dumb....

i know these are super easy but i just can't figure it out.

1. --- (10^2)^8 divided by (10^-2)^3

2. --- 1.2x10^-6 divided by 4.2x10^-2

if anyone can give me a kick in the brain it would be awsome

1.--- 10^22?
2. -- 2.9x10^5??

Last edited: Apr 14, 2005
2. Apr 14, 2005

### hypermorphism

The first one is correct. The second is not (but only by a sign, typo ?). To check, multiply your quotient by the divisor to see if you get the dividend.

3. Apr 14, 2005

### CRGreathouse

$$(10^2)^8\div(10^{-2})^3=10^{16}\div10^{-6}=10^{16}\cdot10^6=10^{22}$$

$$1.2\cdot10^{-6}\div\left(4.2\cdot10^{-2}\right)= 1.2\cdot10^{-6}\cdot\frac{1}{4.2}\cdot10^2= \frac{1.2}{4.2}\cdot10^{-4}=\frac27\cdot10^{-4}\approx2.9\cdot10^{-5}$$

4. Apr 14, 2005

### oscar_brown

no it wasn't a typo...just dumb
thank you so much, it is amazing how fast you forget stupid things