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Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:14 am
by Michael Du 1E
When we are asked to find the equilibrium concentrations and are given the initial concentrations and K constant, would our equilibrium concentrations follow the significant figures of the initial concentrations or the K?

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:49 am
by Hui Qiao Wu 1I
I would say consider both the K constant and initial concentrations because you used both pieces of information in order to figure your answer. Sig figs are determined by all the numbers you used in a problem.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:32 am
by Rebekah Alfred 1J
Typically, you see what value in the question has the least amount of significant figures to determine how many significant figures your answer will need to be rounded to, which means you consider both the K constant and the initial concentrations.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:09 pm
by Robert Tran 1B
Both the K constant and the initial concentrations should be used when calculating sig figs because they are both used in the overall calculation.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:05 pm
by Donavin Collins 1F
From my knowledge, the sig figs would be based off of the initial concentration and k constant.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:09 pm
by Madelyn Romberg 1H
It could be either. Sig figs are based off of the smallest number of sig figs initially measured.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:46 pm
by Michael Du 1E
Hui Qiao Wu 1I wrote:I would say consider both the K constant and initial concentrations because you used both pieces of information in order to figure your answer. Sig figs are determined by all the numbers you used in a problem.

That's what I initially thought too but there were some problems where the k had 2 sig figs and the initial concentrations had 3. However, the answers of the equilibrium concentrations follow the sig figs of the initial (3).

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:13 am
by Osvaldo SanchezF -1H
I don't know if it counts for anything but my T.A. said that there is not such a huge emphasis in sig figs this quarter and the processes are much more important so there is no need to stress about it as much like last quarter.

Re: Significant Figures

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:19 am
by VioletKo3F
You would have to take into consideration all the numbers you used in the calculation of the k value. Just use the numbers given to you in the question to determine your sig figs.