Significant figures in textbook Ex. 1.7 (p. 18)  [ENDORSED]

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Belicia Tang 1B
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Significant figures in textbook Ex. 1.7 (p. 18)

Postby Belicia Tang 1B » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:11 pm

In the final step calculation, there is a 2 in the denominator, so since that is only 1 sig fig, shouldn't the answer only be 1 sig fig, instead of 2?
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Re: Significant figures in textbook Ex. 1.7 (p. 18)

Postby Cindy Flores 2C » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:37 pm

I'm pretty sure the 2 represents the fact that the number 1.0 x 10^-3 has to be doubled since that will get you the correct indeterminacy in velocity.

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Re: Significant figures in textbook Ex. 1.7 (p. 18)  [ENDORSED]

Postby Franklin Kong 3D » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:40 pm

The "2" means that the products of the numbers after it in the denominator have to be doubled. It is not a value that is obtained from the question itself, but rather from principle. Therefore, it is more like 2.000000000000... and the denominator is exactly doubled. Therefore, the "2" can be treated as a value with an infinite number of sig figs because it is exact.


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