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August 21st, 2016, 09:24 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2016 From: woodstock Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  I need help with a scientific notation problem
I need to convert the below problem into scientific notation. I get very different answers if I first solve both parentheses then divide the two separate answers than if I make the problem a fraction before solving. Can someone either tell me why this is happening or at least give me what you know to be a correct answer? Problem: (4.874*10^6)(divided by sign)(2.6*10^3) If I solve by calculating #s inside the parentheses then dividing I get 1.87*10^1 If I solve by making the problem a fraction I get 1.87*10^11 Please help! 
August 21st, 2016, 09:47 AM  #2  
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