# Basic Chemistry by Steven S. Zumdahl, Donald J. DeCoste

By Steven S. Zumdahl, Donald J. DeCoste

This 7th version of Zumdahl/DeCoste's best-selling INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY: A beginning extends its concentrate on conceptual studying and challenge fixing to supply readers with the instruments they should develop into serious thinkers and challenge solvers.

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Five what? If it’s 5 millimeters, the bug is quite small. If it’s 5 centimeters, the bug is quite large. If it’s 5 meters, run for cover! The point is that for a measurement to be meaningful, it must consist of both a number and a unit that tells us the scale being used. In this chapter we will consider the characteristics of measurements and the calculations that involve measurements. 1 Scientific Notation OBJECTIVE: A measurement must always consist of a number and a unit. 1 centimeter Number Unit To show how very large or very small numbers can be expressed as the product of a number between 1 and 10 and a power of 10.

38. 2 3 8 0 0 0 5 4 3 2 1 The decimal point was moved five places to the left. Because we moved the decimal point five places to the left, the power of 10 is positive 5. 38 ϫ 105. b. 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 4 3 2 1 The decimal point was moved six places to the left, so the power of 10 is 6. 5 ϫ 106. 2 MATH SKILL BUILDER A number that is less than 1 will always have a negative exponent when written in scientific notation. Scientific Notation: Powers of 10 (Negative) Represent the following numbers in scientific notation.

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