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1. Significant Figures What is so significant about numbers??

2. Just which numbers are significant? • All nonzero numbers (all numbers 1-9) – • 289 • 573 • 119

3. Just which numbers are significant? • All nonzero numbers (all numbers 1-9) - 289 • All zeros b/w numbers – 909 • 501 • 3002 • 4000001

4. Just which numbers are significant? • All nonzero numbers (all numbers 1-9) - 289 • All zeros b/w numbers – 909 • Zeros to the right of a number AND to the left of a written decimal point – • 250. • 700. • 10.

5. Just which numbers are significant? • All nonzero numbers (all numbers 1-9) - 289 • All zeros b/w numbers – 909 • Zeros to the right of a number AND to the left of a written decimal point – 250. 700. 10. • Zeros to the right of a number AND to the right or a written decimal point – • 5.0 • 236.70 • 3.0 x 108

6. These are NEVER significant • Zeros to the left of the decimal in numbers less than one • 0.8 • 0.222 *** these are placeholders only

7. These are NEVER significant • Zeros to the left of the decimal in numbers less than one • Zeros to the right of a decimal, but to the left of the first number • 0.008 • 0.02

8. Exceptions to the rule • Conversion factors – unlimited sig. fig. • 1 km/1000 m • 60 min/1 hr • 100 cm/1 m

9. Exceptions to the rule • Conversion factors – unlimited sig. fig. • Counting numbers • 30 days • 12 in one dozen

10. Calculations with sig. figs. • The following rules must be followed so that results reflect sig. figs. from your measurements taken originally…

11. Addition & subtraction with sig. figs. • Your answer can’t be MORE precise than your LEAST precise measurement (what in the world does that mean??)

12. Addition & subtraction with sig. figs. • Your answer can’t be MORE precise than your LEAST precise measurement • Your answer must be rounded to the same number of decimal places from the original problem… • 34.2 + 2.002 = ?

13. Addition & subtraction • 34.2 + 2.002 = • Actual answer would be 36.202

14. Addition & subtraction • Actual answer would be 36.202 • The least precise number is 34.2, therefore your answer MUST be to one decimal place

15. Addition & subtraction • Actual answer would be 36.202 • The least precise number is 34.2, therefore your answer MUST be to one decimal place • Correct answer = 36.2

16. Addition & subtraction • Example #2 • 3.999 – 1.77 = ?

17. Addition & subtraction • 3.999 – 1.77 = • Actual answer would be 2.229

18. Addition & subtraction • Actual answer would be 2.229 • The least precise number is 1.77, therefore your answer MUST be to two decimal places

19. Addition & subtraction • Actual answer would be 2.229 • The least precise number is 1.77, therefore your answer MUST be to two decimal places • The correct answer would be 2.23

20. Multiplication & division • Answer must be in the fewest number of sig. figs. from the original problem. • Example: • 45.6 x 1.009 = ?

21. Multiplication & division • Answer must be in the fewest number of sig. figs. from the original problem. • Example: • 45.6 x 1.009 = ? • Actual is 46.0104

22. Multiplication & division • Answer must be in the fewest number of sig. figs. from the original problem. • Example: • 45.6 x 1.009 = ? • Actual is 46.0104 • Smallest # of sig figs is 3… so answer must be in 3 sig figs.

23. Multiplication & division • Answer must be in the fewest number of sig. figs. from the original problem. • Example: • 45.6 x 1.009 = ? • Actual is 46.0104 • Smallest # of sig figs is 3… so answer must be in 3 sig figs. • Correct answer is 46.0 (not just 46)

24. Multiplication & division • Example #2 • 505 / 7 = ?

25. Multiplication & division • Example #2 • 505 / 7 = ? • Actual answer is 72.14285714

26. Multiplication & division • Example #2 • 505 / 7 = ? • Actual answer is 72.14285714 • Least number of sig figs is 1, so answer can only have one sig fig.

27. Multiplication & division • Example #2 • 505 / 7 = ? • Actual answer is 72.14285714 • Least number of sig figs is 1, so answer can only have on sig fig. • Correct answer is 70 or it could be 7 x 101

28. Rounding… • If the number right past the one you want to keep is: • Greater than 5  go up by one • 295.46 to 4 sig figs would be 295.5 • 999.97 to four sig figs would be 1000.

29. Rounding… • If the number right past the one you want to keep is: • Greater than 5  go up by one • Less than 5  no change • 999.94 to four sig figs would be 999.9 • 564.44 to three sig figs would be 564

30. Rounding… • If the number right past the one you want to keep is: • Greater than 5  go up by one • Less than 5  no change • 5 followed by a number  go up by one • 2.352 to two sig figs would be 2.4 • 4.156 to two sig figs would be 4.2

31. Rounding… • If the number right past the one you want to keep is: • Greater than 5  go up by one • Less than 5  no change • 5 followed by a number  go up by one • 5 followed by nothing… look at the number before it… if it is ODD  go up by one • 3.375 to three sig figs would be 3.38 • 0.035 to one sig fig would be 0.04

32. Rounding… • If the number right past the one you want to keep is: • Greater than 5  go up by one • Less than 5  no change • 5 followed by a number  go up by one • 5 followed by nothing… look at the number before it… if it is ODD  go up by one • 5 followed by nothing… look at the number before it… if it is EVEN  no change • 4.8785 to four sig figs would be 4.878 • 399.345 to five sig figs would be 399.34

33. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation

34. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation • M x 10n

35. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation • M x 10n • “M” must be 1 or greater, but less than 10 • 2.2 x 105

36. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation • M x 10n • “M” must be 1 or greater, but less than 10 • All numbers that represent “M” are significant • 3.10 x 109 • 9.98 x 103

37. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation • M x 10n • “M” must be 1 or greater, but less than 10 • All numbers that represent “M” are significant • Numbers that represent “n” are whole numbers, positive or negative • 6.022 x 1023 • 2.1 x 10-5

38. Scientific notation • Very large or very small numbers are expressed in scientific notation • M x 10n • “M” must be 1 or greater, but less than 10 • All numbers that represent “M” are significant • Numbers that represent “n” are whole numbers, positive or negative • Examples: • 270,000 would be 2.7 x 105 • The understood decimal is behind the last zero…move the decimal until it makes the number represent “M” • 0.000000505 would be 5.05 x 10-7

39. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • All numbers must have the same exponent before “M” can be added or subtracted • Answer will have the same exponent value as originals • Don’t forget rules w/ sig figs… they still apply!! • 2.4 x 102 + 5.7 x 102 = 8.1 x 102 • 9.05 x 105 – 5.5 x 105 = actual 3.55 x 105 • Correct is 3.6 x 105

40. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • All numbers must have the same exponent before “M” can be added or subtracted • The problem comes when exponents are DIFFERENT…  • You must MAKE the exponents the same… • LL / RR = left larger or right reduce  when you move the decimal it changes the exponent -- ALWAYS

41. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • 2.5 x 104 + 5.2 x 103 = • Choose which number you want to deal with… either will work out

42. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • 2.5 x 104 + 5.2 x 103 = • Choose which number you want to deal with… either will work out • I like to change the smaller exponent to the larger  5.2 x 103

43. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • 2.5 x 104 + 5.2 x 103 = • Choose which number you want to deal with… either will work out • I like to change the smaller exponent to the larger  5.2 x 103 • I want to make the exp. larger, so I move the decimal one place to the left

44. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • 2.5 x 104 + 5.2 x 103 = • Choose which number you want to deal with… either will work out • I like to change the smaller exponent to the larger  5.2 x 103 • I want to make the exp. larger, so I move the decimal one place to the left • This makes it .52 x 104

45. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Addition and subtraction: • 2.5 x 104 + 5.2 x 103 = • Choose which number you want to deal with… either will work out • I like to change the smaller exponent to the larger  5.2 x 103 • I want to make the exp. larger, so I move the decimal one place to the left • This makes it .52 x 104 • Now “M” can be added because exp are the same • Actual answer = 3.02 x 104 • Correct answer = 3.0 x 104

46. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Multiplication – this one is much easier  • 3.0 x 103 x 4.0 x 104

47. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Multiplication – this one is much easier  • 3.0 x 103 x 4.0 x 104 • You will multiply your “M”s together (12)

48. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Multiplication – this one is much easier  • 3.0 x 103 x 4.0 x 104 • You will multiply your “M”s together (12) • Then add your “n”s together (7)

49. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Multiplication – this one is much easier  • 3.0 x 103 x 4.0 x 104 • You will multiply your “M”s together (12) • Then add your “n”s together (7) • CAREFUL… you will often need to move the decimal to keep correct scientific notation

50. Calculations w/ scientific notation • Multiplication – this one is much easier  • 3.0 x 103 x 4.0 x 104 • You will multiply your “M”s together (12) • Then add your “n”s together (7) • CAREFUL… you will often need to move the decimal to keep correct scientific notation • Actual answer would be 12 x 107