%Mass Composition

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Claire Lo 3C
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%Mass Composition

Postby Claire Lo 3C » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:11 pm

If we're asked to calculate the %mass composition of a compound, how many sig figs should we keep?

Ashley Kim 3F
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Ashley Kim 3F » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:12 pm

The number of sig figs depends on the lowest sig fig of the numbers give in the problem. However, if the problem does not mention any numbers that you can base your sig figs on, I think it's safe to have at least 4 sig figs.

Matthew Tsai 2H
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Matthew Tsai 2H » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:27 pm

The same rules for significant figures should still apply, and generally that would be anywhere from 4-5 sig figs based on what's given in the problem.

xenamclean_1G
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby xenamclean_1G » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:08 pm

It depends on the problem and the lowest number of sig figs in the original problem. Usually, it is around 4 to 5 sig figs.

Baoying Li 1B
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Baoying Li 1B » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:32 pm

It depends on the number with the lowest significant figures in this case(division). It probably will be 4 or 5 significant figures.

lasarro
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby lasarro » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:13 pm

The sig figs are determined by the numbers provided in the initial problem. I.e. if a problem included 2.15 then your answer would be 3 sig figs.

Kyle Thorin
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Kyle Thorin » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:45 pm

The first thing you should do is look at the question. It is important that you use the least number of sig figs presented in the question.

Juana Abana 1G
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Juana Abana 1G » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:28 am

The number of sig figs depends on the lowest number that they give you in the problem.

Ying Yan 1F
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Ying Yan 1F » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:59 pm

Yeah I agree with the previous few answers, look at number that has the least amount of significant figures in the problem, but usually it is just four or five sig figs.

AGaeta_2C
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby AGaeta_2C » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:28 pm

The number of sig figs you keep always depends on the lowest amount of sig figs used in the question. For ex., if the question uses the numbers 7.0g, 3g,and 0.003004g, your answer should use one sig fig, because its dependent on 3g.

CalvinTNguyen2D
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby CalvinTNguyen2D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:30 pm

If there's no specification, I tend to round to 4 sig figs to keep it relatively precise and accurate; if there are sig figs listed or given in the problem, then just follow those standard conventions!

Mai V 4L
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Mai V 4L » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:05 am

Does anyone have a video they think is a good reference for this topic?

Mai V 4L
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Re: %Mass Composition

Postby Mai V 4L » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:06 am

Does anyone have a video they think is a good reference for this topic? also why is it not letting me post )-:


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