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In this activity, students investigate the use of big numbers, such as millions and billions, throughout the Science Learning Hub. They encounter ways to understand what these big numbers mean.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • recognise big numbers and the different ways they are written
  • understand what these big numbers mean, at least in terms of their magnitude
  • realise how widespread the use of big numbers is in science
  • use the Science Learning Hub as an online research resource.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • student worksheets.

Nature of science

There are several accepted ways of writing big numbers in science, so scientists need to be able to work with them all.

    Published 18 May 2011