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Posted by on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:02pm.

Calculate the answer for the following question and state the answer with the correct certainty and units.

Given the values of b and h, find A.
b=3.2 cm, h=10.1 cm
A=1/2bh

The answer is 16 cm^2, which was rounded to two significant digits from 16.16 cm^2,because 3.2 has a certainty of 2 significant digits and 10.1 has a certainty of 3 significant digits. But 1/2 is 0.5, and that has a certainty of only 1 significant digit, so shouldn't the answer have only 1 significant digit?

  • Physics - , Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:22pm

    One half is exact. It is part of the formula, not data that is only known to some accuracy.

  • Physics - , Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 8:35pm

    Oh, okay thanks!

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