A number written in scientific notation is a number from 1-10 multiplied by a power of 10. These can also be decimals. For example, $8 x 10^2 = 800$. You can also use this for decimal conversion. For example, 8 x 10^-2 = 0.08.
So, to answer your question. Lets convert 950 into scientific notation. First, we write out the first few non-zero digits and place a decimal after the first digit. This is 9.5. Now, we count the number of digits away from our beginning decimal. We get 2 digits, so this is 10^2. So 950 in scientific notation is 9.5 x 10^2. Hope that clears things up for you!