## Rounding

NicoJones_1B
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### Rounding

When is it appropriate to round when finding the empirical formula? For example, is alright to round up from 1.6 or 1.8 to 2, or should we multiply by another number to find a whole number?

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### Re: Rounding

Typically, we are looking for multiples of 2 (#.5), 3 (#.33, #.66), or 4 (#.25, #.75) so we can determine whether or not it is necessary to multiply up. For the purposes of this class, it won't be anything ambiguous.

Anna Chen 1K
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### Re: Rounding

You should only round to a whole number when the decimal is extremely close to a whole number. For example, 1.96 to 1.99 can be rounded to 2. However, 1.6 or 1.8 should be multiplied to a whole number.

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### Re: Rounding

I believe .9 and above is a safe range for rounding up. Anything lower I would multiply to get the numbers behind the decimal point to 0.9 or higher. Hope this helps.

zfinn
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### Re: Rounding

I usually just see if multiplying by a number will clearly make it even. i.e if it is 1.66, even though that is close-is to 2, it is easy to see that multiplying by 3 will get us much closer to a whole number. if the number is like 1.97 though it's definitely safe to round up!

105289321
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### Re: Rounding

I would only round up if the value is very close to a whole number and the other values are already established as whole numbers

sbottomley3a
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### Re: Rounding

I would only round if it was very close to a whole number. I think anything above 0.9 is safe, but anything less should be multiplied to get whole numbers across the board.