Discuss how scientific notation is used in our daily and work lives when we are dealing with VERY SMALL and VERY LARGE numbers. Since all of you are studying to be in the medical field, scientific notation is very important. Discuss situations in which you have encountered the use of scientific notation.
“Scientific notation (also referred to as standard form or standard index form) is a way of expressing numbers that are too big or too small to be conveniently written in decimal form. It is commonly used by scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, in part because it can simplify certain arithmetic operations.”
Honestly, right now beyond writing 1,000 I sometimes write it as 1K which is shorter but not what you’re asking about. Other than that I don’t use it at all. In the medical field you might use it in dosing but, as we learned in class too (KISS) keep it simple we are unlikely to see 2ml5 because there is the potential that it was not 2x2x2x2x2 it should have been 2×5. In all do honesty only place in my life I’ve ever seen it was in Math & Chemistry class.
As I’m currently going to school to be a medical assistant one classmate brought up it being used in the field. Unfortunately, Although calculations can be required for dosages. There is never a reason for them to be written in scientific notation. The only time we may see anything written in scientific notation as far as I can find it’s only done in reference of bacteria counts.