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Unformatted text preview: But no scientist can use a ruler to great effect for distances much smaller than a millimeter; such small distances are simply beyond the ability of the scientist's ability to see. At some point his measurements will necessarily become slightly inaccurate. Scientists account for this unavoidable uncertainty in measurement through the use of significant digits. Significant digits do not remove the uncertainty; instead they alert others as to where the uncertainty lies. In the case of our measurement of the stick, the value 1.121 meters alerts the next scientist to come along that the last 1 digit on the right might be slightly inaccurate....
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