Sig Figs with Logs

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Sig Figs with Logs

Postby rachelmackenzie3H » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:21 am

Can anyone give a clear explanation of how many sig figs to use with logarithms? I am kind of confused by the information in the course reader.

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9.59 Textbook

Postby Alexandria_Leaf_2F » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:29 am

in 9.59b, the dissolution of CaF2 I'm water is: CaF2(s)---->CaF2(aq) technically this is increasing the disorder of the system and should have a positive entropy (positive delta S), but the solutions manual shows it to have a negative entropy. Why is that?

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Re: Sig Figs with Logs

Postby Amir Patel 1G » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:01 am

The course reader uses "mantissa" when explaining sig figs for logarithm problems. This term refers to the digits after the decimal point, so since 10^2.18 has 2 sig figs after the decimal point, there will be 2 sig figs in the final decimal answer written in scientific notation, 1.5x10^2.

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