Example 8.8

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Example 8.8

Postby aTirumalai-1I » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:15 pm

For example 8.8 in the textbook, can someone explain why the answer has 4 significant figures? Since the temperature we use (298 K) has the least number of significant figures (3), shouldn't the answer have 3 sig figs as well?

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Re: Example 8.8

Postby Vivian Nguyen » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:58 pm

I believe the answer has "4" significant figures because in the last step, the two values are being added to each other. To do significant figures when you're adding, it depends on how many values are after/before the decimal point.

From the worksheet on Dr.Lavelle's website: "Number of decimal places in answer = Smallest number of decimal places in the initial data"

So in this case -2559 + 14.9 = -2544 because the smallest number of decimals is the ones place.

Hopefully this is right!


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