Subject: Comma in equations?

Subject: Subject: Comma in equations?
From: Dennis Meier <boisemeier -at- EXECU -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 23:22:33 -0600

on Thu, 29 Aug 1996 Elsa Kapitan-White
<kapitan-white -at- SUGAR-LAND -dot- OILFIELD -dot- SLB -dot- COM>

>The company style guide calls for a comma in numbers with five or more
>digits. I know this rule doesn't apply to page numbers, but what about
>numbers substituted for variables in show-your-work examples:

>A = (43,560)(160) = 6,969,600 ft^2 or A = (43560)(160) = 6969600 ft^2

I'd definitely go with the commas. Or, if the number is short on significant
digits, go with scientific notation, such as 6.96x10^6.

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