I’m teaching a semester course using some of the CS Discoveries material and began to think about how I introduce this interface with its possibility of building a phone app into my other classes.

The natural fit is parts of an intro chemistry course I teach. There are several times during the year when students have to complete repetitive calculations (perfect coding opportunity). Unfortunately, the first one involves the use of scientific notation, e.g. 3.0 x 10^8 m/s for the speed of light in a vacuum. App lab understands 3.0E8 as the number I mention above, but to be really useful, my students would need to force calculated numbers into scientific notation. “E” format (3.0E8) would be fine.

I’d appreciate any help.