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Posted by **monet** on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:45pm.

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**Anonymous**, Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:54pmit's easier to grasp the relative magnitudes of small numbers. So, it's simple to compare 4.3 trillion to 2.1 trillion. Trying to work with numbers like 2343000000000 is hard because of all the trailing digits that really add no useful information.

So, while some precision is often lost in scientific notation, digits after the first 3 or 4 really don't affect the ideas being discussed.

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