Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

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Shirley Liu 2I
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Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

Postby Shirley Liu 2I » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:17 pm

I know we shouldn't round off/apply sig figs until the end of all the steps and calculations of a problem, but what should be done if a value in a step has vinculum/a reoccurring number with the bar over it(e.g. 1.333333...) ? At what decimal point should you round off?

Atul Saha 3D
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Re: Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

Postby Atul Saha 3D » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:23 pm

Hey Shirley,

I believe that it would be better to simply use the fraction in your calculation to represent the repeating decimal. This would eliminate the rounding in the calculation.

Much Joy,
Atul

Charles Gu 1D
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Re: Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

Postby Charles Gu 1D » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:19 pm

You should probably round off to the lowest number sig figs that is given in the problem. So if the problem says that there is 4.56 grams of carbon, you should round off to 3 sig figs.

Saleha_Mian_3E
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Re: Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

Postby Saleha_Mian_3E » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:34 pm

I agree with Atul, maybe use a fraction in your calculation. But you could also just keep the repeating numbers to how much your calculator can fit if you are running out of time. Rounding off can make your answer less accurate so it is better to use sig figs at the end.

Bruce Chen 2H
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Re: Rounding off/sig figs during steps of a calculation

Postby Bruce Chen 2H » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:09 pm

I would suggest using the parenthesis in your calculator to surround the fraction so the number is always exact and never rounded.


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