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Angela_Kim_1N
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Significant Figures

Postby Angela_Kim_1N » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:13 pm

What is the wavelength of the radiation emitted when an electron transitions from n = 4 to n=3?
I understand how to solve this question, however how many significant figures should the answer be?

Hirmand_Sarafian_2N
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Re: Significant Figures

Postby Hirmand_Sarafian_2N » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:33 pm

You use the amount of significant figures in the constant you used, so you just use whatever amount of sig figs that the rydberg constant has on our chart of values.

nikita bhat 2D
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Re: Significant Figures

Postby nikita bhat 2D » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:38 pm

Because the Rydberg constant has 6 significant figures given, this is how many the answer should have as well.

Jasmine Cha 1A
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Re: Significant Figures

Postby Jasmine Cha 1A » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:44 pm

Wait, but when we use significant figures, we are supposed to take that of the number with the least significant figures, so shouldn't it just be one significant figure adapted from the n=3? Or does that just not count?

Scott_Anderson_3J
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Re: Significant Figures

Postby Scott_Anderson_3J » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:29 pm

Jasmine Cha 1J wrote:Wait, but when we use significant figures, we are supposed to take that of the number with the least significant figures, so shouldn't it just be one significant figure adapted from the n=3? Or does that just not count?



No, that doesn't count because the 3 isn't actually being used in the calculation. The constant is being used, therefore there are six significant figures.


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