10.1.10 How Many Bees?
Activity: How Many Bees?
In a country, there are 7,532,000 beehives, and each hive contains about 50,000 bees at the peak of the bee season. Write each of these numbers in scientific notation. Then use the calculator to find the total number of bees in the country.
To write a number in scientific notation, write it as a number between 1 and 10 multiplied by a power of 10.
So the total number of bees in the country is . That’s a lot of bees—about 380 billion!
- To enter a number in scientific notation, use the button. Remember to close the parentheses after you have entered the power (exponent) of 10.
- To convert a very large or a very small number to scientific notation, enter the number into the calculator and click the Equals key (or press Enter).