Scientific notation is the expression of a number in the form , where

is the Floor of the base-10 Logarithm of (the ``order of magnitude''), and

is a Real Number satisfying . For example, in scientific notation, the number has order of magnitude

so would be written . The special case of 0 does not have a unique representation in scientific notation, i.e., .

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