Confused about sig figs

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Alice Chang 2H
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Confused about sig figs

Postby Alice Chang 2H » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:06 pm

I'm not sure if this is just me being dumb and not getting it or not, but I searched up the rules for sig figs and found the basic rules for multiplication and division, which states that after the process of * or /, the least amount of sig figs throughout the entire process determines how many sig figs are used in the answer.

So if I do , then the end result should have 3 sig figs at most (check me please).

But does that mean it'll equal to or like or does it not matter at all as long as there's 3 numbers?

I'm confused.

Haley Chun 4H
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Re: Confused about sig figs

Postby Haley Chun 4H » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:17 pm

I think it should be the first (6.63 x 10*5) since the definition of scientific notation is a number between 1-10 (excluding 10) is multiplied by a power of 10.

Maia_Jackson_2C
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Re: Confused about sig figs

Postby Maia_Jackson_2C » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:41 pm

I think that either way of writing the answer works since 33.03 x10^2 is written with a number higher than 10 (assuming this problem came from the textbook?), but both answers are technically the same number.


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