# MCAT Scientific Notation in Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division

While math is not tested directly on the MCAT, you WILL be faced with a number of science questions where scientific notation calculations are required. Without a Calculator!

Scientific notation on the MCAT is a common source of panic, because unlike simple long multiplication and division, it’s hard to fall back on pen-and-paper method.

This MCAT Math Without A Calculator tutorial video will show you how to tackle scientific notation if it shows up in the form of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

## Scientific Notation on the MCAT Video

In summary:

Addition of scientific notation: Ensure you have the same exponent power, add the coefficients

Subtraction of scientific notation: Ensure you have the same exponent power, subtract the coefficients

Multiplication of scientific notation: Multiply the coefficients and add the exponents

Division of scientific notation: Divide the coefficients and subtract the exponents

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