Sig Figs When Adding and Subtracting

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AmyL_3L
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Sig Figs When Adding and Subtracting

Postby AmyL_3L » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:28 pm

What rule do you use when you are adding or subtracting sig figs?

JamieVu_2C
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Re: Sig Figs When Adding and Subtracting

Postby JamieVu_2C » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:41 pm

When adding or subtracting, you keep the significant figures for the least amount of places after the decimal point. For example, 150.0 + 0.507 would be 150.5. This is because 150.0 has one place after the decimal point, while 0.507 has 3. So, you keep the least number of places after the decimal in your final answer. The least number of decimal places is 1, so the answer would be 150.5 instead of 150.507.

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Re: Sig Figs When Adding and Subtracting

Postby Katherine Wu 1H » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:45 pm

For example, let's say these three numbers: 34.07 g, 70 g, and 60.0 g create the number 7070.3 g
34.07 g has 4 sig figs
70 g has 1 sig fig
60.0 g has 3 sig figs
7070.3 g would be rounded down to 7000 g because you always want to choose the number that has the least amount of sig figs. In this case, 1 sig fig because of 70 g.

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Re: Sig Figs When Adding and Subtracting

Postby emwoodc » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:09 pm

when adding or subtracting you use the number with the least sig figs and match the answer to it


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