Unformatted text preview: equal to the overall amount of significant numbers in the quantity. The measurement 150.0 m has four significant figures. Because there is a zero to the right of the decimal point and it is after a non-zero number, it is considered significant. The last measurement 120 yd has two significant digits. The zero is simply a place-holder because there is no decimal and non-zero numbers to the right of it. It is important to be able to determine the number of significant figures properly because they tell us how precise a measurement is and gives a more accurate error analysis....
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- Spring '08
- Scientific Notation, Accuracy and precision