# Standard Form Mnemonic

Here below is an alternative way to remember standard form:

To change a number to standard form you either have to make it larger or smaller.

Which ever way, remember this mnemonic phrase:

Example 1

Change `11.1xx10^8` to standard form.

So the number starts `1.11`

Remember the mnemonic above.

GET SMALLER, GET BIGGER.

So the number has got smaller so the index gets bigger:

`11.1xx10^8` becomes `1.11xx10^9`

Example 2

Change `0.6xx10^-4` to standard form.

So the number starts `6.0`.

Remember the mnemonic above.

GET BIGGER, GET SMALLER.

So the number has got bigger so the index gets smaller.

`0.6xx10^-4` becomes `6.0xx10^-5`.