Negative and Non-Negative powers

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Lauren Lewis3L
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Negative and Non-Negative powers

Postby Lauren Lewis3L » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:20 pm

What is the difference in units when the power is to a power of 9 like "Giga" in comparison to the power of negative 9 like in "Nano"? Does this suggest they way you move the decimal for that unit for the final answers?

Leyna Dang 2H
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Re: Negative and Non-Negative powers

Postby Leyna Dang 2H » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:28 pm

You have the right idea! Positive powers indicate that you move the decimal point to the right, while negative powers indicate that you move the decimal point to the left. So keeping that in mind, giga- would be in factors of 1,000,000,000 while nano- would be .000000001.

Kimberly Koo 2I
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Re: Negative and Non-Negative powers

Postby Kimberly Koo 2I » Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:19 am

Positive powers will indicate that the number is larger/higher while negative powers usually indicate that the number is smaller/lower. For example something that is 10^4 would equal 10,000 while something that is 10^-4 would equal 0.0001.


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