# scientific notation

## Definition

### Electronics

- A numeric format in which each number is represented by two numbers, and in which the decimal point is not in a fixed location. The first number, the
__mantissa__, specifies the significant digits, while the second number, or exponent, specifies its magnitude. For example, 314,000,000 may be expressed as 3.14 × 10^{8}. Although any number, with any radix, may be represented in this manner, it is usually used only for very small or very large numbers. Also called floating-point notation, or exponential notation. When an __E__ is used instead of a 10, or the radix utilized, it is also called __E notation__.

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