Periodic Table

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Gillian Ward 1F
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Periodic Table

Postby Gillian Ward 1F » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:59 pm

How should you round the atomic weights of the elements on the periodic table when using it for calculations and how many decimal places should you go out to?

Katie Sy 1L
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Katie Sy 1L » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:08 pm

I tend to just use the whole number listed on the periodic table to make sure my answers are exact as possible, but if it's a super long number, I usually stop after 3 decimal places

Francis_Nguyen3D
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Francis_Nguyen3D » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:09 pm

Typically, it is best not to round the atomic weights of the elements before using it for calculations because your final answer would not be as accurate as it could be. Usually, you would round at the end of your calculation depending on the amount of significant figures there are. You determine the amount of significant figures through the given/ starting amounts within the problem. Keep in mind, this also depends on the type of problem and how accurate you want your answer to be!

Vicky Lu 1L
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Vicky Lu 1L » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:44 pm

I tend to use the entirety of the atomic weight listed for that element on the periodic table. I only round at the very end for the final answer and that depends on how many significant figures are used in the given values that is stated at the very beginning from the question.

Aleeque Marselian 1A
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Aleeque Marselian 1A » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:54 pm

It is best to not round the atomic weight in order to produce a more accurate result, especially when having to conform to the appropriate number of significant figures. However, if the number is very long, I usually round to the nearest thousands place.

Ahmet_Dikyurt_3L
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Ahmet_Dikyurt_3L » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:01 pm

Usually, the question or the previous questions should give you an idea of how much you should round. When I round, I look at the previous questions and if they rounded to the nearest hundredth than I round to the nearest hundredth. If they do it to the thousandth than I do it to the thousandth, and so on. Hope this helps :)

Megan Wong 4E
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Megan Wong 4E » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:06 pm

I just had my discussion today, and my TA said to use the exact number on the periodic table that is given. For instance, if the periodic table provided says 12.011 for carbon, use that number rather than just 12.

vaishali 1D
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby vaishali 1D » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:53 am

Gillian Ward 4H wrote:How should you round the atomic weights of the elements on the periodic table when using it for calculations and how many decimal places should you go out to?


I usually use the entire atomic weight given so that my final answer is more accurate than if I were to round from the start.

AJ Manzano 3K
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby AJ Manzano 3K » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:29 am

Use the full number given, as it typically cuts off at the thousandths place. Then round to the thousandths at the very end of your calculations.

Chris Freking 2G
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Chris Freking 2G » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:21 am

I will typically use the exact atomic weight listed on the periodic table and round my final answer if needed. Future problems should supposedly have given atomic weights

shouse1f
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby shouse1f » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:18 pm

I typically use the exact number written on the table and wait to round anything until the very end.

Grace Diaz 3F
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Grace Diaz 3F » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:26 pm

rounding atomic weight/mass can lead to small discrepancies so it's best not to do so until you've reached your answer. Usually I try to include at least three numbers after the decimal for accuracy when rounding to find the number of moles.

Brandon Sanchez 3J
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Brandon Sanchez 3J » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:33 pm

When rounding the atomic weights of elements, I believe it's best to round up to three decimal places to receive a more accurate answer than rounding up a whole answer and thus misleading your calculations.

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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Diana Chavez 1K » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:52 pm

It is best and safer to just keep the number exactly as seen on the periodic table so that you do not round too much. Usually you do the rounding until the very end of your calculations.

Anna O 2C
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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Anna O 2C » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:55 pm

The safest way to prevent incorrect rounding early on is to use the entirety of the number given on the periodic table. With other pieces of data, rounding is more difficult to fully avoid, but avoiding rounding with Periodic elements will produce the most accurate answer possible, and then it can be rounded to the lowest amount of significant figures given in the question.

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Re: Periodic Table

Postby Arlene Linares 3A » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:48 pm

Katie Sy 1J wrote:I tend to just use the whole number listed on the periodic table to make sure my answers are exact as possible, but if it's a super long number, I usually stop after 3 decimal places


That's helpful to know thank you

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Re: Periodic Table

Postby 505211599 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:22 pm

I typically try to round to as many decimal places that would allow for an accurate answer but also allows for the limiting significant figure to determine the answer.


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