Rules for Significant Figures

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Katherine Chhen 3I
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Rules for Significant Figures

Postby Katherine Chhen 3I » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:02 am

Can someone explain the rules regarding significant figures?

AniP_2D
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Re: Rules for Significant Figures

Postby AniP_2D » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:20 am

There are a few rules that one must take into consideration when dealing with significant figures.
1. Any number that is not zero is considered significant.
2. Zeros are only considered significant if they are between two significant figures (any non-zero number).
3. Also, zeros that are placed after a decimal are significant when they come after a non-zero number, not before.
4. If a zero comes after a non-zero, it is significant only if it is followed by a decimal point.

Examples: 0.0670 has 3 sig figs
670 has 2 sig figs
670. has 3 sig figs
Hope this helped!

KeyaV1C
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Re: Rules for Significant Figures

Postby KeyaV1C » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:37 am

On the Chem 14A class website there’s a link that has everything in detail you need to know about sig figs:
https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/wp-conten ... OUT_SF.pdf

405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F
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Re: Rules for Significant Figures

Postby 405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:00 am

Thank you for the refresher on Sig Figs

emwoodc
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Re: Rules for Significant Figures

Postby emwoodc » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:07 pm

Most of them are mentioned but the one that gets me the most is the rule where if there is a decimal point the zeros after it always counts


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