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Sig Figs & Molar Mass

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:33 pm
by mbaker4E
When figuring out sig figs do you include the sig figs of the molar mass of an atom?

Re: Sig Figs & Molar Mass

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:48 pm
by Manas_Varma_4B
I'm not sure exactly what you're supposed to do, but when I calculate molar mass I go to the amount of sig figs in other numbers given in the problem.

Re: Sig Figs & Molar Mass

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:53 pm
by Angela Cong 3C
I'm pretty sure you're suppose to use the least amount of sig figs found in the problem to avoid any "false accuracy". If there isn't any numbers given in the problem then a good amount would be three sig figs.

Re: Sig Figs & Molar Mass

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:56 pm
by Edward Xie 2E
I normally go by the amount of sig figs of the given numbers. For me, the sig figs given by the problem will generally be fewer than the ones in the molar mass since I go up to thousandths place for it.

Re: Sig Figs & Molar Mass

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:14 pm
by Soumya Ravichandran 4H
I think its best to keep the molar mass from the periodic table, and round it when doing calculations according to the number given in the problem. False accuracy should not occur because the molar mass values are standardized for all the problems.