Sig Figs

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Andrea_Torres
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Sig Figs

Postby Andrea_Torres » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:31 pm

This might be a very dumb question but this was mentioned in my discussion the other day and I don't quite understand what they mean by significant figures. What is it?

Anna Heckler 2C
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:34 pm

Sig figs refers to the number of "places" that a numeric figure holds. The decimal place is often very important in determining this. So, for example, 0.300 has 3 sig figs, 500 has 1 sig fig, 100. has 3 sig figs, and 101110 has 5 sig figs.

KSong_1J
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby KSong_1J » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:39 pm

Sig figs are basically like a way to round. Khan Academy is a great resource to learn more about the basics of sig figs :)

Sean Tran 2K
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Re: Sig Figs

Postby Sean Tran 2K » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:58 pm

In addition to resources already listed, the class website for 14A has something that will help with sig figs. It provides a link to a document covering how to use sig figs.


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