How to keep track of significant figures?


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Kevin_Li_2F
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How to keep track of significant figures?

Postby Kevin_Li_2F » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:12 pm

For example in HW Question 14.39 using the Nernst equation to solve for the concentration of a compound in a battery, how many significant figures does the final answer have? You have to keep track of the ln rules, and then there's the fact that you're subtracting one term from another, so you have to account for decimal places too. Is there any way to calculate significant figures at the end?

Palmquist_Sierra_2N
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Re: How to keep track of significant figures?

Postby Palmquist_Sierra_2N » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:35 pm

Well based on the numbers given in the question your final answer should have two sig figs. Look at the values given, and the one with the least number of sig figs is your reference for how many sig figs your final answer should have

Yuchien Ma 2L
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Re: How to keep track of significant figures?

Postby Yuchien Ma 2L » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:29 pm

Use the least precise number in the question. You use the least precise number to decide how many sig figs to use.


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