Sig Figs

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AMahadi
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Sig Figs

Postby AMahadi » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:49 pm

When are zeroes significant?
For example how many sig figs are in 32,000,000 compared to 0.3200 or 3.0200?

Kendall 3H
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Kendall 3H » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:55 pm

32,000,000 has two sig figs. However, if there were to be a decimal point placed at the end of the number (ex/ 32,000,000.) then there would be 8 sig figs
0.3200 has 4 sig figs because the leading zero is not significant.
3.0200 has 5 sig figs. any time there is a trailing zero of final zero after a decimal place, it is significant.

Robin Cadd 1D
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Robin Cadd 1D » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:08 pm

In addition to what has already been mentioned, it may be helpful to consider the following points:
1) Does the zero act as a place holder? If it does, it's not going to be a significant digit.
2) Is the zero between two significant figures? If it is, it the zero will be a significant digit.

Ghadir Seder 1G
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Ghadir Seder 1G » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:07 pm

Is there a link or video we can watch that would explain how to identify sig figs?

PranaviKolla2B
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby PranaviKolla2B » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:09 pm

How do we know how many sig figs our final answers should have?

Alex Chen 2L
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Alex Chen 2L » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:01 pm

PranaviKolla3G wrote:How do we know how many sig figs our final answers should have?

The final answer should have the same number of sig figs as the number with the least number of sig figs used in calculations. In other words, the final number cannot be more precise than the least precise number used to obtain it.

Areli C 1L
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Areli C 1L » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:19 pm

Can we round to the least amount of sig figs that are allowed for each step in our calculation? So basically round at each calculation to 2,3 sig figs?


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