Lesson Plan: Representing Large Values of Physical Quantities Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to use scientific notation and unit prefixes to multiply and divide values of physical quantities by various powers of ten.


Students will be able to

  • recognize SI unit prefixes from pico- to giga-,
  • convert between decimal representations and scientific notation representations of values.


Students should already be familiar with

  • scientific notation.


Students will not cover

  • arithmetic using scientific notation,
  • negative powers.

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