Lesson: Orders of Magnitude
In this lesson, we will learn how to express measurements in scientific notation to determine the orders of magnitude of values found from calculations.
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Worksheet: 23 Questions • 2 Videos
J of energy are required to break one DNA strand. How many DNA molecules could be broken by the energy carried by a single electron in the beam of an old-fashioned TV tube that carries J of energy?
Determine how many floating-point operations a supercomputer can perform in a human lifetime. Use a value of s as the time for a single floating-point operation in a supercomputer and a value of s for a human lifetime.
To the nearest order of magnitude, how many human generations have existed between the year 0 AD and the year 2000 AD? Use a value of s for an average human lifetime and assume that a generation is one-third of a lifetime.