In chemistry Example 3.3, how do you do the math?


In the first part of this example, you have

(6.63 x 10-34 J/Hz) x (2.3 x 1016 Hz)

You multiply the numbers:

6.63 x 2.3 = 15

then the exponents. Since you are multiplying, you add the exponents:

(10-34) x (1016) = 10(-34 +16) = 10-18

Thus, the answer is 15 x 10-18, but that is not standard. To make it standard, you must divide 15 by 10 to get 1.5. This means you must multiply 10-18 by 10 to get 10-17. The answer, then, is

1.5 x 10-17 J

Now, having done all that, if you have a scientific calculator, it allows you to input the numbers in scientific notation and it does all of this for you. If you have a scientific calculator, read the manual to find out how to do this or try to find a demonstration on YouTube.

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