Posted by **Amy** on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5:05pm.

Can someone explain this rule in simple english please? "Rule for addition and subtraction: The rightmost significant figure in a sum or difference will be determined by the least accurate measurement."

Example: 18.56 m

- 13.2 m

__________

5.36 m = 5.4 m

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**drwls**, Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5:10pm
The least accurate measurement is the 13.2 m in this case. Its accuracy is only +/- 0.05.

Therefore the difference should be quoted with the same number of significant digits. In this case, it is the first number after the decimal point.

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**Davis**, Friday, August 26, 2011 at 7:54pm
addition&subtraction= round to least number of decimal places

multiplication&division=round to least number of significant figures present.

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**brandy**, Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 6:07pm
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