Scientific notation is basically reducing numbers to make them “writeable”–making a shorthand version of the number. It’s worth pointing out that students use something similar to scientific notation everyday through *texting. LOL, ttyl, omg, lmao etc. *All shorthand text of words

This teacher’s article ellaborates on this:http://nathankraft.blogspot.com/2012/10/texting-algebraic-expressions.html