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Mathematics lessons for IB® Diploma Programme

Applications and Interpretation | Numbers and Algebra

Scientific Notation


  • Students will use scientific notation to understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems.
  • Students will develop an understanding of large numbers and recognize and appropriately use exponential, scientific, and calculated notation.
  • Students will try to make a connection with how to understand these topics in IB Mathematics courses and on their final assessments.


  • Scientific Notation
  • Expanded Form
  • Integers
  • Percentage Error

About the lesson

Scientific notation is a way of writing very large and very small numbers. Numbers in scientific notation include two parts, a number greater than or equal to 1 and less than 10, and a power of 10.