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Sig Figs for pH

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:58 am
by Nadine_El Fawal_3M
What exactly are the sig fig rules when reporting pH?

Re: Sig Figs for pH

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:14 am
by hfrazer1B
Is it not the same as the other sig fig rules?

Re: Sig Figs for pH

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:51 am
by Alex Chen 1B
No, I don't think so. I remember learning in AP Chem that the number of sig figs you have becomes the number of decimal places in the pH value (ex. 3 sig figs = 3.000). But the textbook solutions are given in a way that the number of sig figs you have are the sig figs in the answer (ex. 3 sig figs = 3.00). I'm also not sure which rule we should use.

Re: Sig Figs for pH

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:25 pm
by Anna_Kim_2E
The previous thread says that we should,
"When working with pH, use the number of sig figs as the number of decimal places in the pH. For example, if the pH=-log(1.8 x 10^-5) then pH = 4.74 (two sig figs in 1.8 x 10^-5, and two after the decimal in 4.74)."