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Is there a special way to calculate sig figs for pH and pOH? I feel like this might have been mentioned in class, but now I am getting confused if this is for my chem lab instead? Do you determine sig figs based off of the decimal places of the numbers you are given or vice versa?
number of sig figs in a pH or pOH only count after the decimal. For pH=3.489, there would be three sig figs since there are 3 decimal place. If the question is only 1 sig fig then the pH can be reported to 1 decimal place. Hope this makes sense!
Generally, you would use the smallest number of sig figs you were given in a problem. For example, if you used a ICE box to find that x is 4.22*10^-5, then you're pH or pOH should have 3 sig figs (2 numbers after the decimal) like 4.38.
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